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Fortis Foundation offers help as people queue up for cash

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The volunteers of Fortis Charitable Foundation have come up with a unique way to help citizens queuing up at various banks and ATMs across the country. Around 600 volunteers of the foundation have reached out to more than 50,330 people with water, eatables and medication and other assistance under the organisation’s “SEWA” initiative.

The volunteers, including doctors and nurses, formed teams with 5-6 members each to drive this initiative, a statement from the Fortis Charitable Foundation said.

The groups offered mineral water bottles, juices, biscuits, medication and first aid kits to the public standing at as many as 1,100 ATMs, bank branches and post offices across the country. Refreshments were offered wherever needed with priority given to women, children and senior citizens.

It is indeed a heartwarming initiative undertaken by Fortis Foundation to provide refreshment to people waiting at these queues. While we are really happy at the step taken by the government, this SEWA comes as a relief for all of us as we extend support to governments effort to arrest corruption, said Manoj Gupta, a resident of Vasant Kunj in Delhi, who was waiting at an ATM when Fortis Foundation reached and offered refreshment.

The massive step undertaken by the government to demonetise high denomination note is a welcome step towards curbing black money. People have responded positively towards this initiative and accepting the initial hardship due to long queues at ATMs, banks and post offices. Our volunteers reached out to people standing in long queues, as well as the committed and hardworking banking staff, with water, eatables, medication & other assistance,” Jasbir Grewal, Head, Fortis Foundation said.

“We hope that this has helped people and contributed to their resolve to support governments valiant effort to weed out corruption. We will remain committed to carry this Sewa till the situation normalise, he added.

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