They have hung their boots but the passion to help the nation by keeping their lives at peril is still not gone. The ex-servicemen in Karnataka have come forward to supply essential items and medical supplies to the elderlies, and are organising blood donation camps so that the hospitals can replenish their blood banks in the time of pandemic.
The Ministry of Defence has stated Brig Ravi Munniswamy (Retd) is spearheading a team of 45 veteran bicycle riders in Bengaluru. They are providing medical and essential supplies to the elderly in the city who can reach out to them. In addition to this, several ex servicemen volunteers in Dharwad, Davangere, ashuvamogga, Hassan, Mysuru and Kodagu are helping in the distribution of food.
“This was not asked by the government but we are doing it on our own. All veterans have crossed 50-years of age. The veterans are taking care of specific localities and when anybody need them they extend the helping hand. Veteran MD Chikkanava is spearheading the blood donation at Haveri, Veteran Sashikanth heading the work at Davangere, Chandrappa heading blood donation and other works in Shivamogga,” he said.
Brigadier also apprised that while one blood donation has been organised the another blood donation in North Bengaluru is held up due to strict lockdown as ‘we are not getting place for organising the same’.
The ex servicemen have joined hands with the locals to plug the gaps and have not only contributed monetarily but are also distributing ration kits. They claim that they are prepared for any eventuality.