Mangaluru: A young leader and entrepreneur Vivek Raj Poojary, president of Panama Corporation Limited, is getting popular as ‘Sonu Sood of Mangaluru’ for extending his helping hand to the people in distress amid the Covid pandemic in the country.Speaking at a press conference here on June 5 Vivek Raj Poojary said, "he has provided meals to 16000 and food kits for 4350 families of daily wage workers. Panama company has paid the cost of hospital treatment of many poor families. This time the lockdown was a complete failure, and the shops were allowed to open from 6 am to 10am. In addition, vehicles cannot be used to purchase goods. people were forced to walk 3-4 km. This caused great inconvenience and loss in the sales," he added.Further he said, I have seen farmers in several districts of the state throwing their crops to the streets as no one come forward to buy the vegetables and fruits they have grown. "Panama company will buy them," he said. “I have seen many farmers discarding their crops on streets in several districts of the state as there is no one to buy their produce. In future, our company will buy the vegetables and fruits grown by these farmers. It will take a long time before life returns to normalcy for commoners. That is why I have earmarked Rs 50 lac as a precautionary measure to help families that are in distress. In addition, I have made plans at an estimated cost of Rs 75 crore to buy the agricultural produce of our farmers,” he said.