West Bengal: Bharat Sevashram Sangha breaks this 104-year-old tradition to serve COVID-19 patients

Aritra SinghaUpdated: Saturday, May 22, 2021, 04:35 PM IST
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People stand in queue to buy tickets to return home after West Bengals government announced a 15-day lockdown to curb the spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus, at a bus station in Kolkata on May 15, 2021 | ANI

Kolkata: Breaking the age old tradition of 104 years, Bharat Sevashram Sangha has now allowed non-vegetarian food to enter their premises.

A floor of Bharat Sevashram Sangha’s building in Garia in South Kolkata has been transformed in Covid zone and to cater to the patients’ non-vegetarian foods are being brought and cooked inside the premises.

“The training centres of Garia building have been transformed into covid zone and for the patients’ non-vegetarian food is allowed. The main motto of the Bharat Sevashram Sangha is to serve people and to cater people. The saints are not allowed to eat them,” said the sources of Bharat Sevashram Sangha adding that proteins are extremely important for treating the covid patients.

Notably, on May 21, two floors Garia building of Bharat Sevashram Sangha under the supervision of former student Rajib Dutta had opened covid centre with 30 beds out of which 20 beds have 24 hours oxygen support.

The covid centre will be monitored by four nurses, two doctors and 12 volunteers who will serve the covid patients without any fee.

The sources of Bharat Sevashram Sangha also confirmed that the hospital run by Bharat Sevashram Sangha at Joka also serves non-vegetarian foods for the patients.

“The hospital is 15 years old and after the requests from the doctors for last almost seven years, non-vegetarian food ie being served to treat the patients. Several saints who were affected by covid and were admitted in MR Bangur hospital were advised by the doctors to eat fish and egg meal though it is not known whether the saints ate it,” further mentioned the sources.

Incidentally, Swami Pranabananda started Bharat Sevashram Sangha in 1917 and ever since then not just the saints but no one inside the Ashram are allowed to take non-vegetarian food.

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