On the momentous occasion of India's 72nd Independence day, Republic TV held a special broadcast honouring all those unsung heroes that have made the nation proud. In line with its special broadcast 'Heroes of India', Republic TV spoke to Anoop Khanna, a Noida based social activist who provides affordable meals, clothes and medicines for the needy. Anoop Khanna, a resident of Noida, Delhi began an initiative that was aimed to provide quality meals to all those who cannot afford it. This vision gave birth to 'Dadi Ki Rasoi' or 'Grandma's Kitchen'.
Anoop's motto was simple - 'Small steps can make a big difference' While speaking to Republic TV, Anoop said,
“When we started Dadi Ki Rasoi, we wanted to cater to 100-200 people, but due to god's grace we were able to serve 300-400 people and now serve at least 500 people. The biggest impact of this initiative has been that we have been able to mobilise people.”
Himself a freedom fighter's son wants India to be hunger free. Anoop claims his aim is to make "roti, kapda, dawai accessible to the poor". Therefore, in addition to providing affordable meals, he also provides clothes for the underprivileged at a minimal rate.
Speaking on the same, he said, "We came up with the concept of taking old clothes from people. We clean them and iron them and created a showroom. Many say beggars have no choice, but here we have made sure that the needy have a choice".
In addition to providing food and clothing, he has opened a pharmacy centre in Noida to ensure life-saving medicines were available at an affordable price for all. When asked about the same, Delhi’s good Samaritan said,
“We have opened Pradhan Mantri Jan Aushadi Yojana, where medicines are cheaper and economical in comparison with the market rate. It is a government shop basically. So we are trying to provide food, clothes and medicine at an economical rate under one roof”.
Anoop's initiative has sparked a changed as many are now emulating his idea of a kitchen that serves the needy.