New Delhi: Amid 21-day nationwide lockdown, the Uttar Pradesh government on Thursday asked its officials to start community kitchens to provide food to the poor and migrant labourers in the state. Also Read - Lockdown in 15 Districts of Uttar Pradesh to be Effective From March 23 to 25: Yogi Adityanath

“The chief minister has directed opening of community kitchens for poor, elderly, labourers and those residing in slums. On Thursday over one lakh food packets were distributed among needy persons in the state,” Additional Chief Secretary, Home, Awanish Awasthi was quoted as saying by PTI. Also Read - Coronavirus in Uttar Pradesh: Theaters in Noida, Ghaziabad to Remain Shut Till March 31

As the lockdown was announced, the chief minister asked his officials, DMs of district bordering other states to make arrangements of food and lodging for migrant workers and other labouters coming from others states due to 21-day lockdown. Also Read - 'Name' And 'Shame Posters' in Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh Challenges Allahabad High Court's Order in Supreme Court

Yogi Adityanath has also said orders regarding use of legislators local area development fund for purchasing equipment, masks has been issued. “The amount given by legislators will now be transferred to the Health and the Medical Education department,” he said.

Talking about door-step delivery of food and essential services to people, Awasthi said presently 18,570 mobile vehicles were being used for the purpose.

In the state, over 30,000 village heads have been contacted through the CM helpline, and briefed about measures to be taken to check the spread of coronavirus.