“We can’t help everyone but everyone can help someone.” This well-known phrase has become the motto of many people amid the pandemic. Individuals globally are doing everything in their capacity to help those in need. Like, when a journalist gave his shoes to a barefoot migrant or a businessman anonymously cleared the loans of 4 strangers.
Recently, people from Kolkata’s Jadavpur neighborhood set up a free-for-all vegetable market, reports Times Now. Volunteers in the area joined hands to organize a market that is open to anyone and everyone. All people have to do is collect a coupon to enter the makeshift market.
It’s been three days since volunteers started this unique market where people can take any vegetable they want without paying a penny. The market is reportedly for people who hesitate to ask for help. “There’s a section of the society, especially the middle class, which hesitates to tell about their problems.
“A freelancer, a retired couple, a small shop owner, a mechanic, a salesman without a job – they just don’t say that they are in distress. This market is for them,” said Sudip Sengupta, one of the organizers of the market.
CPIM Jadavpur Area Committee has arranged for a vegetable market in the Regent estate area where you don't have to pay anything to get the vegetables. This is a small initiative to stand beside the people during this pandemic.#WestBengal #COVID19 pic.twitter.com/xcwHU70c9n
— 𝚂𝚊𝚗𝚌𝚑𝚒𝚝𝚊 (@sanchita_kundu_) May 18, 2020
A widow, who was initially hesitant to enter the market, later filled her bag with lots of vegetables. She confessed to a volunteer that for the last two weeks, she had no money to buy vegetables or other essentials.
“It’s a free market, our contribution as part of the relief. It’s for those who hesitate to stand in a free kitchen or confess that they want daily ration and supplies because they are out of money,” added Sudip.
The initiative is also beneficial for farmers from a village called Baduria as they were unable to sell their produce due to the lockdown. The model has reportedly been adopted in different parts of West Bengal. Well, it is a great concept and we hope other states follow suit as well.