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Now, find community kitchens in UP on Google

​A first for India: UP geotags community kitchensANI
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​A first for India: UP geotags community kitchens
In the wake of the novel coronavirus spreading across India, Uttar Pradesh has become the first state to use geo-tagging to abate the food crisis that has come along the pandemic. Geotagging its 7,368 community kitchens and community shelters across 75 districts which produce 12 lakh food packets a day, UP has used technology to contain the spiral of hunger in the state.
​Google lends a handGetty Images
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​Google lends a hand
A report by Press Trust of India states that the state government tied up with Google to ‘geo-map’ the locations of community kitchens and shelters. The use of Google maps will immensely help the common man.

"We have asked Google to integrate geo-locations of all community kitchens and shelter homes on its mobile map application for ease of general public. As of now, the location of all shelter homes and community kitchens in and around Aligarh have been integrated with Google Maps and anyone can access them by searching with the keyword 'community kitchen', followed by the district's name," Relief Commissioner Sanjay Goyal said.

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​Mammoth taskANI
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​Mammoth task
"Establishing community kitchens in adequate numbers in each of the 75 districts was a mammoth task but our respective district magistrates took the challenge head-on," Goyal said. "The problem was compounded by an influx of migrants who set out for their villages to avoid getting trapped in other states. However, despite the odds, we have managed to start 7,368 community kitchens in all 75 districts. These kitchens are producing 12 lakh food packets every day," he added.
​Community kitchens 2.0PTI
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​Community kitchens 2.0
"The concept of relief camps and community kitchens is not new as every year, the DMs work out similar plans in areas affected by yearly droughts/floods. Hence, all our DMs are well-versed in providing relief to the common man," the official told PTI. The challenge here, however, was how to maintain social distancing and still feed the needy. "Therefore, we focused on providing food packets at the location itself so that the required social distancing protocol is maintained," Goyal said.
​Tech solutionsANI
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​Tech solutions
One of the biggest problems that the state faced early on during the lockdown was the lack of information among the general populace regarding the location of shelter homes and community kitchens. The government recognised the issue and directed the Department of Information Technology to find a solution, Goyal said. The IT Department, in turn, approached the Remote Sensing Applications Centre (RSAC), Lucknow, for a solution. The RSAC promptly developed an application by feeding location data as per the latitudes and longitudes of all community kitchens and shelter homes across the state.
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