New Delhi, June 2:
Moved by the plight of migrant workers amid the COVID-19 pandemic, India pacer Mohammed Shami has started distributing food packets and masks to those travelling back to their homes, while also arranging three flights from Mumbai to Delhi for them.
Besides, setting up food distribution centres for the poor migrants near his house in Sahaspur, Uttar Pradesh, Shami is also trying to arrange three Mumbai-Delhi flights for the stranded workers.
Shami said he has been involved with the relief work for a long time and it gives him immense pleasure.
“For the past two three months we are going through difficult times and there are difficulties for common man. We 2,3 friends are doing this COVID work for a long time. I can’t do it alone. I thank all my friends who are helping, we are organising bhandars (community kitchen) from where food is distributed,” Shami said in an Instagram Live chat.
“We are making a small effort to arrange three flights from Mumbai to Delhi for the people who are stuck there. Those who want to come to Delhi. We are trying to arrange whatever possible flight.”
The India pacer thanked the local administration for their help and support.
“The buses which come to and fro from Delhi know where we are serving food and where people can eat. The administration, including the SSP, SDM and officials of health department have helped u a lot.”
Shami said they have set up a helpline number for the stranded workers and he can also be reached directly through his Instagram page. (PTI)