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KOZHIKODE: When the District Collector of Kozhikode, Kerala Sri. N. Prashanth announced ‘Operation Sulaimani on his Facebook page on 23rd April, 2015, it was the beginning of a fresh leaf of a brand new book. The district of Kozhikode has always known to have a great deal of respect for its guests and there was no better ground than Kozhikode to kickstart this new project.
The collector wrote on his Facebook page:
We often see people standing in long que (sic) for a meal losing their self respect. It’s obvious there are hungry people in this city, as much as those who are willing to give food. District administration has put together a simple system to feed those who are hungry with self respect. A small idea is taking shape in consultation with organisations related to hospitality industry. Instead of alms, this is an attempt to ensure that they can eat with dignity in a restaurant like anyone else. Hotel and Restaurant Associations as well as related organisations have responded positively to this suggestion. By second week of May, we are planning to launch the initiative that ensures that the hungry gets to eat with dignity. Care is taken to have a simple food coupon system that’s difficult to misuse.
The project was christened ‘Operation Sulaimani and seemed to be inspired by the Anjali Menon movie Ustaad Hotel. Sulaimani is a spice-mixed black tea which the Kozhikkodans drink after a meal, and even though initially the name was thought to be silly, the Collector said that because it was one word that connected the Kozhikkodans with the gentle act of sharing food with the hungry, this name was apt.
The project has been inspired by the concepts of Caffè Sospeso (Italian for Suspended Coffee) and also Tea on the Wall. The idea here was simple. A person paid for two beverages while he/she only consumed one. So, when a poor person walked into the place and if there was a ‘suspeso’ or a ‘tea on the wall’, they could redeem it. The essential idea of ‘Operation Sulaimani is also the same. But the difference is that it is happening on a larger scale, and with the co-operation of the District Administration and the Kerala Hotel and Restaurants’ Association.
How It Works:
- There are boxes kept at these restaurants and the contribution can be directly made there.
- If you want to buy the coupons in bulk and distribute them, you can contact the Collector’s office (0495 2371400).
- If you want to contribute to the project on occasions of weddings, birthdays, anniversaries etc., you can contact the Collector’s office or the Secretary of KHRA.
- You can receive the coupons from the Collectorate, taluk office, the village offices of Kozhikode – Kasaba, Nagaram, Valayanad, Chelavur, Panniyankara, Nellikkode, Vengeri, Kottuli, Kacheri, Puthiyangadi; and also from the Press club. The name and address of the person will be noted down when the coupons are handed out so as to avoid misusing of the coupons.
- There is no general fund collection for the project and the team is optimistic that there will be enough kind-hearted and generous minds to keep the project going.
The project was inaugurated on June 14, 2015 after a successful trial run of about 2 weeks, and has garnered support from people in all spheres – political, social, cinema etc. alike. In the long run, because the name and address of the people who redeem the coupons are noted down, there are plans to study the cause of why there are repeated redemption of the coupon by the same people, if at all there are any such cases, and find out ways to tackle it.
As for the future plans of the project itself, the team hopes to extend it to the entire district as the project is now functional only in the city area. There are also plans to extend it to the entire state in the coming years.
Author: Minu Sara Paul
Monday, June 15, 2015
KOZHIKODE: Those of you out there who aren’t familiar with Sulaimani, it is a specialized version of black tea with a pinch of lime in it. An all time favorite of the people in Malabar, Sulaimani had come to the fore, thanks to the mega success of the Anjali Menon flick Ustad Hotel.
The film that traversed emotional terrain and tugged at the heart strings of the movie goers in Kerala and elsewhere, had subtly narrated the need of feeding the needy with its hugely applauded storyline.
The emotional take on feeding the needy has now been adopted by the district administration of Kozhikode, in northern Kerala, in its endeavor to eradicate hunger.
Envisaged as a project towards a hunger-free Kozhikode, the district administration’s Project Operation Sulaimani has kicked off in association with the Kerala Hotel and Restaurants Association (KHRA).
So, from now on the deserving would be handed over food coupons by the administration through village offices and designated hotels, and these coupons could be handed over to restaurants in the city, in exchange for food. This apart, citizens can also sponsor a meal or two even as they have their fill at hotels across the city.
At the forefront of this noble initiative is the District Collector of Kozhikode N Prasanth. The initiative, aimed at ensuring no hungry stomachs , has got rolling and would soon change the face of Kozhikode in terms of smiling people. The endeavor would also aim at luring the rich and noble people of Kozhikode in chipping in with sponsorships so that no one stays hungry.
Yet another positive outcome would be that Kozhikode would be a city that would be free of people begging for food. Operation Sulaimani would ensure that no one in Kozhikode would suffer due to hunger ever.
With the new initiative having been kickstarted, support too has started flowing in. Prominent among those who have come forward to extend a helping hand so that the initiative would see success are Ustad Hotel maker Anjali Menon and lead actor Dulquer Salman. The celebrity involvement is expected to propel Operation Sulaimani to a wider reach.
True to the words that the character played by the late Thilakan in Ustad Hotel utters, the Kozhikode district administration is ensuring that every meal served would come with a pinch of love in it.
Author: Sanjeev Ramachandran
Author: Sanjeev Ramachandran
Sunday, June 14, 2015
ഓപ്പറേഷൻ സുലൈമാനി (OPERATION SULAIMANI)There is NO general fund collection whatsoever for Operation Sulaimani. We are confident of meeting the requirements through small contributions at the restaurants itself. Small is beautiful!Posted by Collector, Kozhikode on Sunday, June 14, 2015