Kathmandu city govt, volunteers agree to close free food distribution at Khulamanch after Tihar

Volunteers distribute food to the needy at Khulamanch as the Covid-19 crisis left many people jobless in Kathmandu, on Tuesday, November 3, 2020. Photo: Chandra Bahadur Ale

Kathmandu, November 6

The Kathmandu metropolitan city and various organisation volunteering for distributing food to the people rendered jobless due to the Covid-19 crisis have agreed to close the free food distribution campaign at Khulamanch after the Tihar festival.

After a meeting held in the city government office today, they signed an agreement to discontinue the campaign from November 17. If there is any need to distribute free food for the needy after that, the volunteers will have to consult concerned local governments to arrange more well-managed places for the distribution.

Both the sides have made the decision, agreeing that distributing food to the crowd in the open space could further put them at the risk of coronavirus infection.

The agreement follows the city government’s decision to bar the volunteers from distributing food at Khulamanch, arguing it tarnished the city’s image. The volunteers were initially reluctant to stop the campaign saying the people should not be left hungry without a better option.

However, they submitted themselves after Kathmandu Mayor Bidya Sundar Shakya offered to use empty party venues to distribute food.

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