COVID-19 has had a severe impact on livelihood in the city; Chibber hopes to ease the suffering
It is time to stay strong and united. The coronavirus pandemic has created uncertainty and hardship, particularly for low-income groups. In India, citizens are abiding by the 21-day lockdown which prime minister Narendra Modi announced on March 24. Since then, people have quarantined themselves and are taking all precautions as recommended by authorities. While necessary, it has also created adverse situations for wage earners and under-served communities. Several initiatives have been taken to ease apprehensions, Varun Chibber’s Grain Distribution Drive being one of them.
Chibber is an entrepreneur, activist and philanthropist who has taken charge of distributing essential foodgrains to communities in South Mumbai. Almost 1,600 households have been covered under this initiative. Low income families, daily wage workers, overstretched sanitation and healthcare workers will be provided with essential food commodities under Varun’s initiative. The first phase of this drive by Chibber covered areas of Shiv Shakti Nagar at Backbay, Darya Nagari and Sudham Jhopdi at Colaba, Sassoon Dock and workers at the G.T. Hospital. His only concern at this moment is to help as many people as possible. “No one should sleep hungry. They are our people," he said.
Varun is the grandson of late Aloo Jal Chibber, an Indian politician who served as the member of the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly from Colaba constituency. Following his late grandmother’s footsteps, Varun is very attached when it comes to philanthropic work. “Whatever I am today, is the qualities I have imbibed from my grandmother. She set an example with her life and career. She devoted all of her time for the development of society and the country. I hope to continue the legacy and keep doing such work. We are blessed and grateful to be in such a position where we can help many people. I urge everyone to do their bit," he said in a statement.
Varun Chibber has earlier contributed to several charities. In December last year, he donated food to the followers of Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar who visited Chaitya Bhoomi. He also plans on establishing a formal foundation to streamline philanthropic efforts he aims to undertake in the future.