6.3.2023. 7pm IST 
CIVIL SUPPLIES DEPARTMENT, GOVERNMENT OF GOA, provides free ration to our NGO starting this month.
STREET PROVIDENCE GOA thanks Civil Supplies Secretary, Mr Sanjit Rodrigues, IAS , Government of Goa for linking our NGO to the Department and as such enabling the poor and the homeless people in our homes to avail of central government scheme of free food grains.
Usually we have heard in Goa all negative stuff about the Civil Supplies Department in the last few months. 
But here we have the same Civil Supplies Department going out of their way and ensuring that our NGO is part of the scheme where by free food grains reach the poorest of the poor and the homeless @ Street Providence.
And the man who got this scheme to my notice is non other than Sanjit Rodrigues, Civil Supplies Secretary. 
Late Jan 2023. I was waiting in the secretariat to meet the Social Welfare Secretary along with the Mayem MLA over some issues.
It was during this waiting period that the Civil Supplies Secretary was entering his office and observed I was waiting and asked me to enter his cabin.
We have never ever formally met before neither was I sent with a recommendation.
As I entered his cabin he had an important meeting so I sat and waited for his attention which he was kind enough to give me.
I inquired about any free ration applicable to shelter homes which he brought to my notice that such a scheme is actually existing for a long time and frankly speaking I was not aware off.
Secretary was kind enough to link me to the concerned officials and from there on two Civil Supplies officials were kind enough to help us witn the paperwork and without hassling and any time wasting.
I appreciate the support from the Civil Supplies department  :
☆ Mr Sanjay Parab, UDC @ HQ Panjim &
☆ Mr Bhanu Goltekar , Inspector @ Mapusa
for the quick paperwork in moving the file and the inspection and documentation.
The officials @ CIVIL SUPPLIES Mapusa were kind enough to update us regularly about our RATION CARD & finally with 3 weeks we were eligible to get free food grains from the nearest ration shop.
Today we picked up 265 kgs rice allocated for 53 homeless people @ 5 kgs each, which will be supplied monthly free of cost. 
Infact the Civil Supplies Inspector after his inspection donated a few bags of rice In Feb 23  which he bought as he was moved seeing the type of people we take care off.
Although we currently care for about 160 homeless people, some are yet to get their adhar cards , where as some have their adhar cards registered already in their own villages and as such we submitted 100 adhar cards of the homeless but the system which is online accepted only 53 adhard cards.
Our monthly requirement of rice is almost 
1000 kgs a month on lower side but we THANK GOD that we are now getting 265 Kgs FREE RICE from the Government of Goa just because of one IAS officer Mr Sanjit Rodrigues who took the time to invite  me into his cabin, listen to me and connect me to his Department. 
I wish the other IAS SECRETARIES @ Goa Secretetarit too provide such services through their power that they hold in their capacity towards the homeless and the hungry in Goa to our NGO.
It feels great to know that such a good GOAN IAS officer EXISTS @ Secretariat Goa who understands about the troubles and issues our NGO goes through daily to PROVIDE FREE – food, clothing,  shelter & medication to the poor , homeless & the hungry at our shelter homes and our food bank programs. 
If you run free shelter Homes / orphanages/ etc. In Goa than please do approach the Civil Supplies Department at Panjim.
Imagine in the last 5 years we were unaware of the Free scheme of Food grains but it's never too late to be part of this Scheme .
♡♡ Thank you so much Secretary, Mr Sanjit Rodrigues, Civil Supplies Department,  Government of Goa for the support.
God bless you all
Donald Fernandes 
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