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HT Salutes: Travelling for miles to feed the hungry

On an average, Dasari Durga Rao earns Rs 10,000 to Rs 12,000 a day during the weekdays and a little more on Sunday when the sales are higher.
Three times a week, after winding up his fish trade for the day, Rao returns home on his Scooty to pick up food packets.(HT Photo)
Three times a week, after winding up his fish trade for the day, Rao returns home on his Scooty to pick up food packets.(HT Photo)
Updated on Jul 18, 2020 08:52 PM IST
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HT Salutes: Delhi poet who arranges free mental health counselling sessions

<p>This Delhi-based poet and content writer has been arranging free mental health counselling sessions. Ankit Gupta pays for therapy sessions for those who can't afford it. Gupta says that Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput's death by suicide triggered him to help others. Watch the full video to know more about the story. Hindustan Times and Facebook have partnered to bring you the next 15 stories of HT Salutes. HT is solely responsible for the editorial content of this series.</p>

This Delhi-based poet and content writer has been arranging free mental health counselling sessions. Ankit Gupta pays for therapy sessions for those who can't afford it. Gupta says that Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput's death by suicide triggered him to help others. Watch the full video to know more about the story. Hindustan Times and Facebook have partnered to bring you the next 15 stories of HT Salutes. HT is solely responsible for the editorial content of this series.

Updated on Jul 15, 2020 08:02 AM IST
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HT Salutes: A helping hand to tackle mental health issues

Ankit Gupta, a content writer and Urdu poet who has been living in Delhi for the past year, has been using Twitter to connect those expressing a need for mental health help with two psychologists based in Mumbai and Delhi.
A portrait of Ankit Gupta, a Delhi-based writer who has been connecting people with mental health professionalsduring lockdown, providing financial help for counselling sessions.(Picture courtesy: Ankit Gupta)
A portrait of Ankit Gupta, a Delhi-based writer who has been connecting people with mental health professionalsduring lockdown, providing financial help for counselling sessions.(Picture courtesy: Ankit Gupta)
Updated on Jul 15, 2020 07:41 AM IST
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HT Salutes: Burdwan cop who turned messiah to help the needy with ration

<p>Mahinur Khatun, a lady police constable from Burdwan in West Bengal helps the needy by distributing ration. Khatun used up her savings to help the poor in her area. The cop, along with her father, has given out more than 10,000 food relief packages. Mahinur also chipped in during the time of Amphan. The cop was helped by her department and a crowdfunding platform Milap. Watch the full video for more details. Hindustan Times and Facebook have partnered to bring you the next 15 stories of HT Salutes. HT is solely responsible for the editorial content of this series.</p>

Mahinur Khatun, a lady police constable from Burdwan in West Bengal helps the needy by distributing ration. Khatun used up her savings to help the poor in her area. The cop, along with her father, has given out more than 10,000 food relief packages. Mahinur also chipped in during the time of Amphan. The cop was helped by her department and a crowdfunding platform Milap. Watch the full video for more details. Hindustan Times and Facebook have partnered to bring you the next 15 stories of HT Salutes. HT is solely responsible for the editorial content of this series.

Updated on Jul 13, 2020 08:39 AM IST
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HT Salutes: A cop by profession, an altruist by nature

During the lockdown, as Khatun did her rounds to enforce the government’s stay-at-home rules and social distancing norms, she saw first-hand the economic devastation in her neighbourhood.
Mahinur Khatun with her father Masud Choudhury, 70 who helps her with her relief work.(Seikh Afridi/HT Photo)
Mahinur Khatun with her father Masud Choudhury, 70 who helps her with her relief work.(Seikh Afridi/HT Photo)
Updated on Jul 14, 2020 05:09 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Mumbai | ByVanessa Viegas

HT Salutes: Bangalore initiative that helps women make reusable sanitary pads

<p>World Hunger Warriors (WHW) in Bangalore has been distributing reusable sanitary pads for women. The initiative, started by Kiran Soans, is also empowering women by providing them with job opportunities. Women are employed to stitch the reusable cotton napkins. The initiative plans on distributing free sanitary napkins in the city. Watch the full video for more details. Hindustan Times and Facebook have partnered to bring you the next 15 stories of HT Salutes. HT is solely responsible for the editorial content of this series.</p>

World Hunger Warriors (WHW) in Bangalore has been distributing reusable sanitary pads for women. The initiative, started by Kiran Soans, is also empowering women by providing them with job opportunities. Women are employed to stitch the reusable cotton napkins. The initiative plans on distributing free sanitary napkins in the city. Watch the full video for more details. Hindustan Times and Facebook have partnered to bring you the next 15 stories of HT Salutes. HT is solely responsible for the editorial content of this series.

Updated on Jul 11, 2020 01:31 PM IST
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HT Salutes: His mission is menstrual hygiene of migrant women

At the beginning of the lockdown, in March, Soans launched an initiative called World Hunger Warriors. His aim was to connect people in his extensive network who wanted to donate funds, food, cooking equipment, space, ingredients, fuel or labour.
WHW has started a fundraising campaign on crowd-sourcing website, Ketto.org, called ‘ShaktiPack4Women’ to raise money that would enable them to employ 500 women and make over 5,000 sanitary.(HT Photo)
WHW has started a fundraising campaign on crowd-sourcing website, Ketto.org, called ‘ShaktiPack4Women’ to raise money that would enable them to employ 500 women and make over 5,000 sanitary.(HT Photo)
Updated on Jul 11, 2020 07:55 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Mumbai | ByNatasha Rego

HT Salutes: UP man helping migrants labourers with food, work as they return

<p>Sanjay Singh, 45, helped migrant workers by providing them with food and work as they returned home on foot. Singh, who is the founder of a voluntary group called Parmarth Samaj Sewi Sansthan, helped in providing food and water to migrants at the Madhya Pradesh border. He also created a helpdesk to coordinate the return of migrants to their villages. The migrants who returned home were helped with work too. Watch the video to know the full story. Hindustan Times and Facebook have partnered to bring you the next 15 stories of HT Salutes. HT is solely responsible for the editorial content of this series.</p>

Sanjay Singh, 45, helped migrant workers by providing them with food and work as they returned home on foot. Singh, who is the founder of a voluntary group called Parmarth Samaj Sewi Sansthan, helped in providing food and water to migrants at the Madhya Pradesh border. He also created a helpdesk to coordinate the return of migrants to their villages. The migrants who returned home were helped with work too. Watch the video to know the full story. Hindustan Times and Facebook have partnered to bring you the next 15 stories of HT Salutes. HT is solely responsible for the editorial content of this series.

Updated on Jul 08, 2020 08:11 AM IST
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HT Salutes: Helping migrants during a crisis

Jalaun lies in the plains of Bundelkhand, a region from where several thousand men and women migrate to Mumbai in Maharashtra, Surat and Ahmedabad in Gujarat, Bengaluru in Karnataka and other metropolises, in search of work.
From March 27 to the first week of June, around 3.5 million migrant workers have returned to Uttar Pradesh of which 1 million were from Bundelkhand’s districts of Jhansi, Lalitpur, Jaluan, Hamirpur, Banda, Mahoba and Chitrakoot(HT Photo)
From March 27 to the first week of June, around 3.5 million migrant workers have returned to Uttar Pradesh of which 1 million were from Bundelkhand’s districts of Jhansi, Lalitpur, Jaluan, Hamirpur, Banda, Mahoba and Chitrakoot(HT Photo)
Updated on Jul 09, 2020 05:57 AM IST
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HT Salutes: Assam doctor who makes face shields, masks for Covid warriors

<p>Dr Dipannita Kaushik in Guwahati is making face shields and masks for her co-workers and frontline warriors. With no access to 3D printers or raw materials, Dipannita is making masks and shields by recycled products. The doctor is getting her mother's and her fiance's help in making the shields. She has already provided 40 shields to a doctor at the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and another batch of 40 was given to a hospital in Assam. Watch the full video as she demonstrates the process of making face shields. Hindustan Times and Facebook have partnered to bring you the next 15 stories of HT Salutes. HT is solely responsible for the editorial content of this series.</p>

Dr Dipannita Kaushik in Guwahati is making face shields and masks for her co-workers and frontline warriors. With no access to 3D printers or raw materials, Dipannita is making masks and shields by recycled products. The doctor is getting her mother's and her fiance's help in making the shields. She has already provided 40 shields to a doctor at the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and another batch of 40 was given to a hospital in Assam. Watch the full video as she demonstrates the process of making face shields. Hindustan Times and Facebook have partnered to bring you the next 15 stories of HT Salutes. HT is solely responsible for the editorial content of this series.

Updated on Jul 06, 2020 07:48 AM IST
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HT Salutes: Assam trio makes face masks, shields

Dipannita Kaushik’s mother, Simarekha Bhagowati, 56, a college professor, had plenty of old OHP sheets lying around, leftovers from Math lectures in earlier decades. They dug up a bunch of old X-rays too. They use multiple strips of the stiff X-ray sheets to make each frame; the projector films form the veil.
“I know what it’s like to not have proper gear, even in ordinary times,” said Dipannita Kaushik, who has served as a resident at an Apollo hospital and at Pratiksha Hospital in Assam.
“I know what it’s like to not have proper gear, even in ordinary times,” said Dipannita Kaushik, who has served as a resident at an Apollo hospital and at Pratiksha Hospital in Assam.
Updated on Jul 07, 2020 06:21 AM IST
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HT Salutes: UP’s trio that gives dignity to dead

Between March and June, the trio cremated 15 unclaimed bodies in Bhaisakund crematorium, the largest of the three crematoriums in the city which handled close to 800 bodies a month in pre-pandemic times.
Police inspectors Kuldeep Singh and Raj Bahadur, who are attached to the mortuary of the government-run KGMU hospital said that they often call upon Versha Verma when their workload is high.(HT Photo)
Police inspectors Kuldeep Singh and Raj Bahadur, who are attached to the mortuary of the government-run KGMU hospital said that they often call upon Versha Verma when their workload is high.(HT Photo)
Updated on Jul 04, 2020 07:15 AM IST
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HT Salutes: Kolkata group who helped sex workers in Sonagacchi amid lockdown

<p>This group in Kolkata helped sex workers in Sonagacchi area during the lockdown. The group called Give A Little helped the people in Sonagacchi, Asia's biggest red-light district by distributing essential items during the lockdown. The group has been active in other areas as well. Give A Little was formed by Dipali Bhattacharya, retired principal of the Government College of Art and Craft, Kolkata and her friend Aditi Roy Ghatak, a veteran journalist and activist. Member of this group and a social activist, Indira Kanjilal narrates the journey of helping these people. Watch the full video for more details. Hindustan Times and Facebook have partnered to bring you the next 15 stories of HT Salutes. HT is solely responsible for the editorial content of this series.</p>

This group in Kolkata helped sex workers in Sonagacchi area during the lockdown. The group called Give A Little helped the people in Sonagacchi, Asia's biggest red-light district by distributing essential items during the lockdown. The group has been active in other areas as well. Give A Little was formed by Dipali Bhattacharya, retired principal of the Government College of Art and Craft, Kolkata and her friend Aditi Roy Ghatak, a veteran journalist and activist. Member of this group and a social activist, Indira Kanjilal narrates the journey of helping these people. Watch the full video for more details. Hindustan Times and Facebook have partnered to bring you the next 15 stories of HT Salutes. HT is solely responsible for the editorial content of this series.

Updated on Jul 01, 2020 08:02 AM IST
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HT Salutes: Braving Covid-19 to help Kolkata’s sex workers

According to the National Aids Control Organization (NACO), there are over 637,500 sex workers in India, and over 500,000 customers visit the red-light areas daily.
Around 8000 sex workers live and work in Sonagachi and the adjoining bylanes(HT)
Around 8000 sex workers live and work in Sonagachi and the adjoining bylanes(HT)
Updated on Jul 01, 2020 08:08 PM IST
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HT Salutes: Two Mumbai residents who made theplas for migrants amid lockdown

<p>Varsha Shah and Varsha Padia made theplas for migrants and labourers in Mumbai amid the lockdown. The duo from Mumbai coordinated with an NGO called Circle of Love and Care who further distributed theplas. At first, Padia and Shah made 60 theplas while the second time, the duo made 68 theplas. Watch the full video for more details. Hindustan Times and Facebook have partnered to bring you the next 15 stories of HT Salutes. HT is solely responsible for the editorial content of this series.</p>

Varsha Shah and Varsha Padia made theplas for migrants and labourers in Mumbai amid the lockdown. The duo from Mumbai coordinated with an NGO called Circle of Love and Care who further distributed theplas. At first, Padia and Shah made 60 theplas while the second time, the duo made 68 theplas. Watch the full video for more details. Hindustan Times and Facebook have partnered to bring you the next 15 stories of HT Salutes. HT is solely responsible for the editorial content of this series.

Updated on Jun 30, 2020 04:25 PM IST
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HT Salutes: Mumbai neighbours champion relief

The thepla-making was part of a massive city-wide drive organised by the non-profit Circle of Love and Care.
One hot day in May, in the middle of the Covid-19 lockdown, they got down to work, kneading, rolling out, cooking and packing 60 theplas (flat breads) that would be delivered to the city’s stranded migrants and daily-wage labourers.(HT image)
One hot day in May, in the middle of the Covid-19 lockdown, they got down to work, kneading, rolling out, cooking and packing 60 theplas (flat breads) that would be delivered to the city’s stranded migrants and daily-wage labourers.(HT image)
Updated on Jun 30, 2020 04:38 PM IST
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HT Salutes: Odia actor Sabyasachi Mishra turns messiah for stranded people

<p>Odia actor Sabyasachi Mishra helped hundreds of migrants reach their native place. The actor arranged for buses from several places and transported those who reached out to him. The actor has also helped transport close to 3000 people through buses, trains, flights and cars. Noted sand artist Sudarshan Patnaik recently made a sand illustration in praise of Mishra's efforts at Puri sea beach. Watch the full video for more details. Hindustan Times and Facebook have partnered to bring you the next 15 stories of HT Salutes. HT is solely responsible for the editorial content of this series.</p>

Odia actor Sabyasachi Mishra helped hundreds of migrants reach their native place. The actor arranged for buses from several places and transported those who reached out to him. The actor has also helped transport close to 3000 people through buses, trains, flights and cars. Noted sand artist Sudarshan Patnaik recently made a sand illustration in praise of Mishra's efforts at Puri sea beach. Watch the full video for more details. Hindustan Times and Facebook have partnered to bring you the next 15 stories of HT Salutes. HT is solely responsible for the editorial content of this series.

Updated on Jun 30, 2020 04:26 PM IST
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HT Salutes: Odia actor helping migrants get home

The actor coordinated with the migrant workers and arranged their return from faraway states like Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra.
Sabyasachi Mishra welcomes the partially paralysed mother of an Odia migrant worker whom he flew out from Bangalore, in Bhubaneswar, Odisha.(Sabyasachi Mishra)
Sabyasachi Mishra welcomes the partially paralysed mother of an Odia migrant worker whom he flew out from Bangalore, in Bhubaneswar, Odisha.(Sabyasachi Mishra)
Updated on Jun 30, 2020 04:36 PM IST
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HT Salutes: Dehradun duo who distribute free milk packets across the city

<p>Sukriti Sharma and Nitin Gaur are helping hundreds by distributing milk packets during the lockdown. The Uttarakhand duo runs a milk production unit named Moo Day which distributes free milk packets to the needy. Sharma and Gaur say 'profit is not everything in such times'. Watch the full video to know their story.</p><p>Hindustan Times and Facebook have partnered to bring you the next 15 stories of HT Salutes. HT is solely responsible for the editorial content of this series.</p>

Sukriti Sharma and Nitin Gaur are helping hundreds by distributing milk packets during the lockdown. The Uttarakhand duo runs a milk production unit named Moo Day which distributes free milk packets to the needy. Sharma and Gaur say 'profit is not everything in such times'. Watch the full video to know their story.

Hindustan Times and Facebook have partnered to bring you the next 15 stories of HT Salutes. HT is solely responsible for the editorial content of this series.

Updated on Jun 30, 2020 04:28 PM IST
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HT Salutes: When business turned into charity

For 29-year-old entrepreneur Nitin Gaur reached out to his friends who worked as social activists in the city, and through them, he got in touch with non-governmental organisations, and took their help to distribute Moo Day milk packets and biscuits, free of cost, to the hungry.
Moo Day milk packets being distributed during lockdown. (HT photo)
Moo Day milk packets being distributed during lockdown. (HT photo)
Updated on Jun 30, 2020 04:32 PM IST
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HT Salutes: Ulhasnagar resident who makes bird feeder out of waste products

<p>Sarita Khanchandani, a resident from Mahrashtra's Ulhasnagar has been making bird feeders out of waste products during the lockdown. A zoologist and a former school teacher, Sarita reused plastic bottles and made around 540 bird feeders. She installed them in different areas in Thane district with the help of her colony teenagers and security guards. Watch the full video to know her story and the process behind making the bird feeders. Hindustan Times and Facebook have partnered to bring you the next 15 stories of HT Salutes. HT is solely responsible for the editorial content of this series.</p>

Sarita Khanchandani, a resident from Mahrashtra's Ulhasnagar has been making bird feeders out of waste products during the lockdown. A zoologist and a former school teacher, Sarita reused plastic bottles and made around 540 bird feeders. She installed them in different areas in Thane district with the help of her colony teenagers and security guards. Watch the full video to know her story and the process behind making the bird feeders. Hindustan Times and Facebook have partnered to bring you the next 15 stories of HT Salutes. HT is solely responsible for the editorial content of this series.

Updated on Jun 30, 2020 04:29 PM IST
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HT Salutes: A zoologist who saved birds from dying of hunger

Khanchandani acquired plastic containers and pet bottles from grocers while collecting melamine plates from hotels and restaurants, with this plastic refuse, she made 541 bird feeders over the course of the next 2 months.
Sarita Khanchandani next to a bird feeder set up at Hiranandani College of Pharmacy, in Ulhasnagar, Maharashtra(HT Photo)
Sarita Khanchandani next to a bird feeder set up at Hiranandani College of Pharmacy, in Ulhasnagar, Maharashtra(HT Photo)
Updated on Jun 30, 2020 04:29 PM IST
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HT Salutes: Panjab University students who teach migrants’ kids amid lockdown

<p>When the lockdown was implemented in view of Covid-19 spread, five Panjab University students decided to teach migrant workers' children inside the campus. Ishita Chaudhary and her friends stayed back in the campus to help the children who were otherwise given no prior education. Watch the full video for more details.</p><p>Hindustan Times and Facebook have partnered to bring you the next 15 stories of HT Salutes. HT is solely responsible for the editorial content of this series.</p>

When the lockdown was implemented in view of Covid-19 spread, five Panjab University students decided to teach migrant workers' children inside the campus. Ishita Chaudhary and her friends stayed back in the campus to help the children who were otherwise given no prior education. Watch the full video for more details.

Hindustan Times and Facebook have partnered to bring you the next 15 stories of HT Salutes. HT is solely responsible for the editorial content of this series.

Updated on Jun 30, 2020 04:48 PM IST
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HT Salutes: Students turn teachers for migrants’ children on university campus lawns

Ishita Choudhary along with her friends has been teaching the children of migrant workers living in campus since May. The initiative is called Kalam, Kitab aur Khwahishien.
Ishita Choudhary, a student of Centre for Social Work at Panjab University seen tutoring under privileged children at Panjab University Campus in Chandigarh.(Ravi Kumar/Hindustan Times)
Ishita Choudhary, a student of Centre for Social Work at Panjab University seen tutoring under privileged children at Panjab University Campus in Chandigarh.(Ravi Kumar/Hindustan Times)
Updated on Jun 30, 2020 06:53 PM IST
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HT Salutes: Debojit Thakur, a researcher who helped Covid & Amphan victims

<p>Debojit Thakur, a 29-year-old doctoral scholar, studies in Germany. But when the Covid-induced lockdown stranded him in Delhi, he decided to put his past experience as a relief volunteer to use to help the underprivileged. His efforts led to the creation of the Quarantined Student Youth Network, which received donations from places as distant as USA, UK, and Germany. The initiative also caught the eye of Indian celebrities like Ayushmann Khurrana and Ananya Panday. QSYN volunteers also contributed to relief work amid the devastation caused by Cyclone Amphan. Watch the full video for more. Hindustan Times and Facebook have partnered to bring you the next 15 stories of HT Salutes. HT is solely responsible for the editorial content of this series. </p>

Debojit Thakur, a 29-year-old doctoral scholar, studies in Germany. But when the Covid-induced lockdown stranded him in Delhi, he decided to put his past experience as a relief volunteer to use to help the underprivileged. His efforts led to the creation of the Quarantined Student Youth Network, which received donations from places as distant as USA, UK, and Germany. The initiative also caught the eye of Indian celebrities like Ayushmann Khurrana and Ananya Panday. QSYN volunteers also contributed to relief work amid the devastation caused by Cyclone Amphan. Watch the full video for more. Hindustan Times and Facebook have partnered to bring you the next 15 stories of HT Salutes. HT is solely responsible for the editorial content of this series.

Updated on Jun 30, 2020 04:48 PM IST
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HT Salutes: A student-led network of volunteers solves crises

Within weeks, a network of 650 volunteers had emerged, spread across Delhi and West Bengal. Thakur decided to call it the Quarantined Student-Youth Network (QSYN).
The initiative, which had raised Rs 12 lakh by the time the cyclone hit West Bengal on May 20, put out a fresh call for help and the money began to pour in even faster.
The initiative, which had raised Rs 12 lakh by the time the cyclone hit West Bengal on May 20, put out a fresh call for help and the money began to pour in even faster.
Updated on Jun 30, 2020 04:17 PM IST
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HT Salutes: 3 youngsters helping Maharashtra fishermen amid lockdown

<p>Fisherman Ganesh Nakhawa, with the help of his colleagues, bridged the gap between consumers and local fishermen in Maharashtra during the lockdown. Nakhawa, who runs Karanja fishing co-operative society, partnered with Numer8, and INECC to provide fresh fishes to costumers directly from fishermen. Watch this episode of #HTSalutes to know how Nakhawa expanded his venture and benefitted an entire community. Hindustan Times and Facebook have partnered to bring you the next 15 stories of HT Salutes. HT is solely responsible for the editorial content of this series.</p>

Fisherman Ganesh Nakhawa, with the help of his colleagues, bridged the gap between consumers and local fishermen in Maharashtra during the lockdown. Nakhawa, who runs Karanja fishing co-operative society, partnered with Numer8, and INECC to provide fresh fishes to costumers directly from fishermen. Watch this episode of #HTSalutes to know how Nakhawa expanded his venture and benefitted an entire community. Hindustan Times and Facebook have partnered to bring you the next 15 stories of HT Salutes. HT is solely responsible for the editorial content of this series.

Updated on Jun 30, 2020 04:31 PM IST
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HT Salutes: From slim pickings to plum sales, how a fisherman used tech to beat lockdown

Mendes got permission from his housing society to coordinate orders and connected with other housing societies to offer that cherished thing in Mumbai — and rare treat in the lockdown — fresh fish straight from the fisherman.
Ganesh Nakhawa helped Maharashtra’s fisherfolk community increase their earnings during the lockdown.(HT Photo)
Ganesh Nakhawa helped Maharashtra’s fisherfolk community increase their earnings during the lockdown.(HT Photo)
Updated on Jun 30, 2020 04:24 PM IST
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