Amid the nationwide lockdown owing to the fast-spreading COVID-19 outbreak, homeless and daily wage workers, who migrate to big cities from their home towns in search of jobs, are combating hunger for survival. The pandemic has now created a panic situation across the nation.
With the situation in India had gone from bad to worse, celebrities, entrepreneurs, businessmen rose to the occasion by doing their best to help the nation fight the coronavirus pandemic.
Cricketers like Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina, Harmanpreet Kaur stepped forward and provided timely assistance. BCCI also donated a sum of INR 50 lakhs to help the needy.
Meanwhile, Indian fast bowler Mohammed Shami made a good initiative by extending hands to help migrants. Mohammed Shami had formulated food distribution stalls in his hometown in UP by distributing necessary goods to the economically backward sections of the society.
The fast bowler set up a food stall for handing out masks including food along the National Highway 24 in Uttar Pradesh. The 29-year old pacer did the same outside his residence in Sahaspur. Previously, Mohammed Shami had helped a migrant labourer who was hungry outside his house as seen through CCTV. He quickly rushed out to feed him who was on his way to Bihar from Rajasthan via Lucknow.
“I am trying to help as much as I can. There are migrant workers here who are really struggling to meet ends. The highway is also near my house so I can see people having a tough time. I feel I should help and I am doing as much as possible.” Shami said as quoted by India Today.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) took to their official Twitter handle and praised Mohammed Shami for helping the poor people while wearing a mask.
It posted a caption as “As #IndiaFightsCorona, @MdShami11 comes forward to help people trying to reach home by distributing food packets & masks on National Highway No. 24 in Uttar Pradesh. He has also set up food distribution centres near his house in Sahaspur.”