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'Free Ration App' comes to the rescue during coronavirus pandemic

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The novel coronavirus has rapidly spread across the country and affected nearly everyone in the wake of its destruction, but the poorest, and the needy, have been hit the worst. It is during these times that human empathy and tech have come together to create model solutions.
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Free Ration App
According to an ANI report, an NGO in Telangana has developed an app to help the needy get free ration across the country.
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Helpful technology
"We have made an app called Free Ration App to support the people who have been affected due to the lockdown, and are in need of ration. People can download this app from the PlayStore and can request us for ration packs," Khaled Saifullah, Director and founder of Free Ration App, told ANI.
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"Once people fill in the form in the app, their residence address is asked for, following which a group of NGOs verify whether it is a genuine request or not. If the request is genuine, we will find the nearest grocery merchant in the area and deposit Rs 600 into the merchant's account and inform the needy person to collect the essentials from the store," added Saifullah.
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The NGO has helped more than 1,500 people in getting ration kits from their nearby grocery merchants. They have the database of 20,000 plus merchants through Google programming.
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