GUWAHATI: The ‘Road Ashram’ campaign, a Covid 19 awareness drive on wheel aiming to intend to engage with people and discuss the humanitarian impact of Covid and the restrictions imposed because of social distancing, reached Guwahati on Wednesday.
As part of their campaign, a team of socially conscious and road-friendly citizens has been traveling along the borders of India, covering nearly 25000 km and 30 states, in about 54 days in a specially modified car.
The team has traveled along the China and Nepal borders, stopping at Gangotri and then Tanakpur in Uttarakhand. After traveling to Kolkata, the team arrived in the city. They intend to engage with people and discuss the humanitarian impact of Covid and the restrictions imposed because of social distancing.
Ahmer Siddiqui, one of the campaign team members and the driver of Road Ashram, explains, “The idea is to stay on the road – in our very own, personally crafted car, that we have decided to call ‘Road Ashram’. Through our 54 day drive on the kacha-pakka roads on the borders, we wish to raise awareness and resources to help people facing difficulties due to the pandemic. Alongside, we will share videos and stories of India’s diverse cultures, places, and everything else that make India what it is –a diverse, colourful and fascinating India.”
The team members said that amidst the medical crisis and the safety measures, there has also been tremendous damage to the social structure wherein innumerable people have lost their jobs, healthcare has become difficult, children have been affected due to lack of immunization and disrupted education.
The effects range further into increased poverty, instances of early marriages, malnutrition and making of laws in an arbitrary fashion while we are all dealing with this chaotic situation. According to a recent survey, industrial workers lost nearly 5 million jobs after the Coronavirus lockdown. Data also suggested that millions of people could slip into poverty by the end of the year.
“The purpose of Road Ashram is to bring attention to all these stories of people and ensure that we do not limit ourselves to measuring the impact of the pandemic to the medical crisis only,” the team added.