Contributing towards the nation's fight against COVID-19, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has distributed 19.28 crore food packets among the needy across the country.
As per the official data by the party, it has distributed 19.28 crore food packets to people till May 23 as against the target of providing food packets to five crore people.
The BJP has also distributed 5.2 crore face covers against the target of five crores, the data states.
Besides this, as many as 4.86 crore ration kits have been distributed by the party to the needy. After the lockdown was announced in March, BJP President Jagat Prakash Nadda had instructed party workers to provide food packets to five crore needy people.
Moreover, 8.23 lakh party workers are also engaged in helping those affected by the lockdown imposed as a precautionary measure to contain the spread of COVID-19.
The party has also made specialised groups to help selected category of people. After the third phase of lockdown, more BJP workers were asked to help at the grassroots level.
Currently, there are many groups which are working on the direction of the party chief. As many as 4.48 lakh party cadres are especially deployed to provide service to the old and sick people.
In addition, BJP is conducting a programme to thank corona warriors and people. The party is collecting signatures of common people to thank the medical workers and others fighting against COVID-19. As many as 12.87 lakh workers are engaged in this exercise.
The party has also said that over 53.87 lakh people have contributed to the PM-CARES Fund.
The BJP chief is regularly monitoring the public relief works and is also regularly interacting with party leaders and activists via video conferencing. With the BJP headquarters partially open, a control room has been set up to look into the relief work and coordinate with regional control rooms.
Two senior party functionaries have been asked to look after all operations and report about the progress in the relief operation.
The fourth phase of COVID-19 lockdown is slated to end on May 31. (ANI)