Everyone is contributing in their way to support the fight against COVID-19. While some are contributing financially others are in kind. Joining the list was legendary Indian footballer and former India, captain Bhaichung Bhutia. Bhutia himself is stranded in Siliguri, away from his family in Kolkata. He was en route when the PM announced lockdown.
The 43-years old footballer has decided to help the migrants labourers. ‘The migrant workers are the ones who have really suffered in this lockdown’, says Bhutia talking about their hardships. There are thousands of them (migrant workers) lined up at the Sikkim border trying to cross he added.
To help them Bhutia has offered his building in Lumsey, Tdong in Sikkim as a shelter. “The building can accommodate up to 100 people. It has five floors. Already 10 workers are staying there. We are providing them food. We have asked the local government to support us“, says Bhutia. Bhutia and his team United Sikkim FC (USFC) is also working on helping migrant workers in Bengal get ration.
“We are in talks with local authorities. Let’s see what can be done for them here in Bengal also. I feel strongly for the migrant workers who hope to reach their homes,” added the 43-year old“. The migration and hardships of migrants have become the ugly face of lockdown. The Supreme Court even said that migration is dangerous than the COVID-19 itself. The local and state government are however making sure to cut their miseries out.