Sonu Sood is going all out when it comes to tackling issues related to the pandemic. After opening up his hotel to house the medical staff, distributing PPE kits to doctors, the Simmba actor paid heed to the issues faced by migrant workers. In the times of the lockdown, the workers have been stuck in various cities with no work, money and food. With no transport available, they have taken to walking hundreds of kilometers to reach their native places.
“My mission is to get these migrants workers to their home,” says Sonu, who arranged buses for hundreds of labourers to take them to their respective homes. He says, “The whole nation has been worried about the migrants, who have taken to the streets. I thought it was important to get them some transport, so that they reach home. So, I got in touch with the government of Maharashtra and Karnataka. The process was tedious, but finally 10 buses left at a time on Monday morning carrying hundreds of migrants to their hometown, in Karnataka.” The buses left from Thane to Gulbarga in Karnataka.
Talking about his inspiration behind shouldering the task, Sonu says, “I couldn’t see people as old as 70-80 years old walking down the streets with no food. There were some newborns too being carried in the arms of their parents. I just met them and asked them to give me two days to make arrangements for them. With some help I also made food available to them. It feels good when they see you with hope. I was the happiest when I saw the smiles on their face when they left in the buses.”
While the first phase was Karnataka, Sonu says that he is working towards making such arrangements for people of Odisha, Jharkhand, Bihar and Uttar Pradesh who are stuck in Mumbai.