Zomato delivery boy upgrades from Cycle to Splendour thanks to Twitter funding campaign

Social media has done it again. Here is a heartwarming story of a delivery boy from Rajasthan who used a cycle to make deliveries. With the onset of summer, getting out in scorching heat can be a daunting task. A Twitter campaign helped the delivery executive to buy a new motorcycle and ditch his old cycle.

A campaign by Aditya Sharma, who is a resident of Rajasthan saw the heartbreaking sight of the delivery executive riding in extreme heat. He ordered food from Zomato and the delivery reached his doorstep on a bicycle. It was around 42 degrees celsius outside.

Aditya asked the delivery man how he manages to ride through this extreme heat every day. The boy replied that he has been riding bicycles for many years and now there is no problem. However, Aditya wanted to help and asked him if he wanted a motorcycle.

After the delivery executive said that he does not have any money for a bike, Aditya took a picture of the bicycle and delivery bag and posted it on Twitter. Soon the post became viral on the Internet with donations pouring in from numerous users.

The delivery boy is identified as 31-year Durga Meena who started working as a delivery executive due to his financial situation. He has done B.Com and wants to study further. However, due to the financial situation, he couldn’t. Meena also said that he will be able to manage the EMI if someone pays the downpayment and he also promised to return the downpayment within four months.

Crowdfund of Rs 75,000

Aditya also wrote on his Twitter that he earns about Rs 10,000 per month and has been teaching for the past 12 years. After Aditya tweeted about Meena’s situation with a picture, help started to pour in online. According to the update by Aditya, Durga received more than Rs 75,000 within 24 hours of the tweet. He has bought a Hero Splendour as his choice of vehicle.

This is not the first time that such a crowdfund is happening in India. In the past, many people have helped the delivery executives with similar crowdfunding. In India, the start-ups are pushing for quicker delivery times, which has caused a lot of trouble for the executives. According to Chennai Police, the delivery executives make the highest number of violations and pay lakhs of rupees in challans.

Many delivery executives use bicycles as they cannot afford and maintain a motorcycle. With the fuel prices rising again, many deliberately choose bicycles over motorcycles.