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SEE: Bhaichung Bhutia offers shelter to migrant workers

Source: PTI  -  Edited By: Harish Kotian
March 30, 2020 20:53 IST
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'We will also provide them some basic ration. I am also working with the local authorities to see how it can be done.'

Bhaichung Bhutia

IMAGE: Former India football captain Bhaichung Bhutia said he is in touch with the local administration to arrange for medical services. Photograph: Bhaichung Bhutia/Instagram

Indian football icon Bhaichung Bhutia on Monday offered shelter to migrant workers of Sikkim to tackle the ongoing crisis arising out of the 21-day nationwide lockdown in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

VIDEO: Bhaichung Bhutia/Facebook

Migrant workers of unorganised sectors, desperate to return home, have been badly hit after the nationwide lockdown was imposed last week.

"The people who are affected the most during the lockdown are migrant workers. There was a huge cue in Sikkim border yesterday. I have got a new unfinished building in Gangtok (Lumsey, Tadong). It should accommodate about 100 people," Bhutia said.

 

"I have offered any migrant worker who does not have any house to stay there. We will also provide them some basic ration. I am also working with the local authorities to see how it can be done. We can support and work together."

Bhutia further said he is in touch with the local administration to arrange for medical services.

"Not a single case of corona positive as of now. So that they (migrant workers) are safe from corona. Doctors can also check. We are trying to request the government. At least they will be safe from the coronavirus in the house when the borders have been shut and locked. They are badly hit they don't have anywhere to go."

Bhutia also posted this on his official Facebook page with a phone number of his club United Sikkim's senior manager Arjun Rai.

"He can be contacted on 9434117465 for any help regarding the issue, " the post read.

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