Producers’ guild, filmmakers provide vanity vans for on-duty cops

A total of 16 vanity vans and tents have been deployed at different parts of Mumbai

MUMBAI: Ever since the Covid2019 pandemic stuck us, the film fraternity has been standing at the vanguard of providing the much-needed succour and support to the needy and the affected. The industry has been leading by example by extending whatever help it could in these times of crisis.

Now, police personnel, who have been sweating it out at the frontline of duty during the ongoing lockdown, is benefitting from one such initiative: fully-equipped vanity vans for the use of on-duty police personnel, especially the women members who have to work for longer hours.  

This gesture, part of the ‘Mission Suraksha’ initiative, is the end result of the coming together of four stakeholders: Film Makers for Frontline Care, Producers Guild of India, Ketan Rawal, owner of vanity vans, and NGO Project Mumbai.

A total of 16 vanity vans and tents have been deployed at different parts of Mumbai for the use of police personnel.

“It has been financed by Producers Guild of India, and supported by Ketan Rawal who owns a fleet of vanity vans, and NGO Project Mumbai,” said Chhitra Subramaniam of Filmmakers for Frontline Care.

“It was our idea. And we went ahead with it. All the money for the initiative came from the producers’ guild. We are a bunch of 8-10 people. Project Mumbai is the supporting partner in this. And the NGO has been extremely helpful in this mission. These vans are only for the police, especially women personnel who find it hard to use toilets during duty. These are stocked with masks, biscuits, sanitary pads, etc,” said Chhitra Subramaniam.  

While doctors and healthcare workers on the frontline of duty have the option of using the facilities at hospitals, police personnel, especially women, struggle when they are on frontline duty, she said.   

She is very grateful to all three partners: Producers Guild of India, Ketan Rawal and Project Mumbai for all the support and help.

Project Mumbai has been providing food to almost 70,000 stranded migrant labourers spread all over Mumbai in addition to giving food for around 1,600 doctors.

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