Warangal Urban: Since the government made wearing masks mandatory for those who venture out of the houses in the wake of the Covid-19, the Greater Warangal Municipal Corporation (GWMC) has decided to distribute two masks to each household in the city free of cost. No other municipality or corporation other than the GWMC is into this sort of exercise, officials said.
While the officials estimate that there was a need for 3, 60,000 masks, it has decided to stitch and distribute 1, 82,000 masks in the first phase. The task of making the masks was entrusted to the 13 Town Level Federations (TLF) of the Mission for Elimination of Poverty in Municipal Areas (MEPMA).
A total of 400 women members of the Self Help Groups (SHGs) are on the job of stitching the masks. “They have so far stitched 1,20,183 masks, and 63,000 of them have been distributed in the city. The masks are being given in the containment zones in the city,” Municipal Health Officer (MHO) Dr B Raja Reddy told Telangana Today.
A total of 22,900 metres of the cloth was given to the TLFs to make the masks. The SHG members, who are stitching the masks, are getting around Rs 400 per day as they are paid Rs four per mask. The total cost of the each mask is Rs 11, according to the GMWC officials.
GWMC secretary Vijayalakshmi and Superintendent Prasanna are overseeing the making of the masks. Meanwhile, the District Rural Development Organisation (DRDO) has also entrusted the job of making masks to the members of the women SHGs of Kothakonda in Bheemadevarapally mandal in the Warangal Urban district.
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