Rajasthan state government, under clear guidelines to government hospitals, directed them to provide free meals to COVID-19 patients. However, as our Community Correspondent Sunita Kasera reported in a previous video, Karauli district's hospitals were not following these guidelines.
Despite having more than 70 COVID patients, hospitals were not providing them meals, and relatives of those admitted had to arrange for it themselves.
Sunita Kasera contacted the local health department officials with the problem and she met with a good response. Within a week, under the Indira Rasoi Yojana, almost 100 people - including 70 patients and their relatives - started receiving free meals.
Daily wage labourers and small vendors are struggling to make ends meet.
Ambulance drivers are risking their lives without any protective equipment.