Roti Bank Hyderabad was started in Aug 2020 when the pandemic was rampant, inspired by Roti Bank Mumbai which was started by D. Sivanandhan IPS (retired former Commissioner of Police Mumbai and Director General Police Maharashtra).
Roti Bank Hyderabad, run by Aruna Bahuguna IPS (retired former Director General Police) is a non profit food rescue organization that bridges the gap between the less fortunate hungry and the fortunate, aiming to eliminate hunger and malnutrition.
The functioning of the NGO is simple. Freshly cooked hot meals consisting of rice, dhal, vegetables and a fruit, packed in individual packets are distributed through a van to the needy within the limits of Greater Hyderabad. Every day the meals are distributed in a different area so as to cover wider areas and sections of the population. Construction workers, Covid-19 patients, Covid-19 attendants, children and other needy persons are the recipients.
It is now proposed to spread our wings and by procuring a second van and widening our reach.
Mr. Sivanandhan is a former Police Commissioner of Mumbai. His career with the Police force has many highlights. One of India’s most well-known and highly regarded IPS officers, he was also an active member of the special task force in the National Security Council Secretariat. Now retired, he is actively taking part in uplifting the community. He introduced a website for the city’s youth to connect to each other and grow as a network. He also helped the Thane Police School improve its facilities so that the children have better access to technology. As a mentor to the Mumbai Roti Bank, his vision and ideals have guided us in achieving our vision and helped us in trying to expand our operations.
Aruna Bahuguna is a former member of the Indian Police Service who served as the Director of the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Police Academy. She was the first woman IPS officer of the united State of Andhra Pradesh. She has served as Special Director General of Police in the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), Joint Commissioner Police Hyderabad, Superintendent of Police Visakhapatnam Rural and Vizianagram Districts, Assistant Director, Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India, New Delhi among other posts. She was the IGP representing the State at the National Human Rights Commission.
Presently she is Emeritus Resource Faculty at the Rashtriya Raksha University, Trustee of the Sarvodaya International Trust Telangana and Andhra Pradesh Chapter and President of the Hyderabad Poetry Society. As mentor to the Roti bank Hyderabad she strives to reach out to the needy, destitute, disadvantaged and less fortunate, both adults and children.