Nalku Chakra – Famous Four from Kalaburagi Save the Day for Covid Patients- The New Indian Express
Express news service
KALABURAGI: Calling themselves Nalku Chakra, four people from Kalaburagi town have worked tirelessly for most of the past year to help those affected by Covid-19. They distributed food and masks, raised awareness about the disease and helped police enforce the lockdown.
Mala Dannur, Mala Kanni, Kalyan Rao Kanni and Maheshchandra Kanni gathered a group of 25 people last April, when lockdown was imposed. Each member of the group then contributed Rs 10,000, says Mala Dannur. Initially the participation was enthusiastic, but gradually the number of dedicated volunteers grew to six, including the Nalku Chakra.
They helped the city administration fight the pandemic and helped police personnel attached to the Chowk Police Station enforce the lockdown. They distributed food to Covid patients and distributed 4,000 masks in the first wave. When the second wave started pointing their heads, they were back on the front line, says Mala.
“Whenever we go to the Nehru Gunj wholesale market to distribute food kits to hamals (daily wage workers), we feel bad because they still don’t wear masks and maintain a physical distance due to their lack of awareness. At the same time, we feel angry when we see literate people not wearing masks and not keeping their distance because they do not care about their own health or that of others, ”says Mala, adding that the Kalaburagi Mahanagara Palike acknowledged their services.
She says when cases started to crop up in rural areas last year, they joined with police in convincing people to get admitted to Covid care centers. This time, too, they visited around 150 poor people who tested positive and placed in home isolation, providing meals and delivering government-donated medicine.
Mala Dannur and Mala Kanni are insurance agents at SBI Life Insurance, while Kalyan Rao Kanni and Maheshchandra Kanni are professors at the University of Sharanabasava. They say they take pride in serving people when they urgently needed food and medicine