Power of WhatsApp: When not one but two Delhi govt ministers rushed to rescue elderly
by Janta Ka
The incessant downpour on Saturday brought normal life to a grinding halt with most parts of north India experiencing heavy rains.
In Delhi, several areas were reported to be waterlogged as the capital failed to cope with the heaviest rainfall of the season.
The state government urged the residents to contact them if they needed government's intervention.
However, the most poignant moment came in the evening when a correspondent working with the ANI, Asutosh Mishra, informed the Delhi government's media cell's WhatsApp group that elderly occupants of Earth Savior Foundation old age home in south Delhi's Vasantkunj required urgent help.
He wrote, "Amardeep (an aide to Manish Sisodia), pls send some help there. old age home mein paani bhar gaya hai. saare old age people bahut pareshaan hain (Old age home is inundated with water, the occupants are in distress.) Convey this message to concerned department.)"
Within seconds Amardeep's reply came, " Minister Sandeep Kumar (Woemn and Child Development Minister) on his way to Earth Savior old age home."
He followed up with another message, " Minister Satyendra Jain (Health Minister) is also going to the old age home, Vasantkunj."
And, so the hapless residents of the old age home had help at their doorstep under the supervision of not one but two cabinet ministers of Delhi government.
Jantakareporter.com hopes the elderly residents are being taken care of well.
Delhi government had set up a WhatsApp group to interact with the media fraternity after they came to power. Little had they realised that this would one day become a lifesaving medium for dozens of elderly people in the capital.