Just a kilometre away from Matoshree and near the Ambedkar Garden in Mumbai, three homeless kids were sleeping in front of a kirana store.
After waking up, the children told, "We have nowhere to go. So, we are forced to sleep wherever we get the place. We have been doing this since our childhood. But now the problems have increased so much, please help us."
Just then, another kid took out a plastic bag from under the drawer. It was a rice pack. And then another kid started eating the rice. When inquired, the child said, "Someone came in the night time and gave us this rice bag. There is nothing else to eat so we three will eat this for the day."
The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) says that it is targeting all the homeless because they run the risk of being infected. But India Today team learned that the reality on ground zero is different. There are many homeless kids in various parts of the city, who are not on the radar of the administration and they roam around the city begging for food.
Authorities say they have set up helpline numbers for the needy as well as migrant workers. But many homeless people roaming the streets have no means to call the helpline and seek help.