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âœJaved and I have provided 4000-plus meals in the citys slums.â- Shabana Azmi

As the lockdown continues, Shabana Azmi and husband Javed Akhtar are doing their bit for those going through tough times. The couple has always been socially aware and humane in their approach towards the less privileged.

Talking to a leading daily, Shabana said, “I have personally donated to CINTAA (Cine & TV Artistes Association). Javed and I have provided 4000-plus meals in the city’s slums.” Javed Akhtar revealed that the Indian Performing Rights Society (IPRS), a copyright society mandated by the government, has also been helping out its 3,700 members with rations and cash donations. Apart from that along with Shankar Mahadevan and the music label, they have made direct cash transfers of Rs 2,500 per week, per person, through the lockdown to 800 vulnerable members of the music industry, who are not registered members of the IPRS. This is being facilitated by the IPRS.

Shabana Azmi Javed

Shabana also revealed that the late Kaifi Azmi’s native village, Mijwan, is also being provided with relief in various forms. Till June 1, the Mijwan Welfare Society was able to reach 50,000-plus individuals in 152 villages under 26 districts in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Rajasthan, and Delhi. She said, “Vinod (Kumar Pandey, CEO) had left for Mijwan on March 6 and was supposed to be back in 10 days. He is still there, working closely with the authorities since April 2, to spread awareness and support the daily wage earners with dry food grain kits (consisting rice, dal, atta, soya chunks, sugar, salt, oil) and hygiene kits (soaps and masks). With transport networks snapping, people have been using their own cars to deliver supplies. I feel it is Abba’s blessings that people have been able to overcome fear and follow this path.” She also added that till June 1, they have distributed 1,04,777 kg of food grains, 6,306 handwash soaps, 860 sanitary pads and 27,098 cloth masks.

Shabana and Javed continue to inspire with their compassion and humanitarian efforts.

Shabana Azmi Javed