He has done it again! Bollywood actor Sonu Sood is really living up to his new Messianic image. After transporting thousands of stranded workers and students in the cities back to their homes, he is heeding the pleas of students stuck abroad. First on the list are Indian students in Kyrgyzstan.
The first charter flight with the students took off from Bishkek for Varanasi yesterday and the second flight to Vizag is leaving at 3 pm today. The actor has scheduled more charter flights over the next two months. Sood joined hands with the airline SpiceJet for this worthy endeavour.
Repatriating students in Kyrgyzstan
SpiceJet said in a press statement released yesterday that it will run nine charter flights for Sood to repatriate over 1,500 students from Kyrgyzstan. “SpiceJet operated the first charter flight from Bishkek (capital of Kyrgyzstan) to bring back 135 students to their hometown of Varanasi today,” the airline announced.
Apart from this association with Sood, the carrier has also flown over 400 charter flights to repatriate close to 65,000 stranded Indian citizens from Saudi Arabia, Oman, Qatar, Lebanon, and Sri Lanka. Besides, under the Vande Bharat Mission, SpiceJet has conducted 25 flights to bring back more than 4,500 Indian nationals from places like Ras Al-Khaimah, Jeddah, Riyadh, Muscat, Damman to Ahmedabad, Goa, Jaipur, Bengaluru, Mumbai and others.
Job search app for workers
The actor has gone one step further in his efforts to save unemployed workers. He has launched ‘Pravasi Rojgar’ app to provide information on employment opportunities especially for manual labourers. The actor wanted to do something for the workers who lost their source of income when they returned home. He noticed that when he was trying to send them home by bus, most of the workers were worried about being unemployed. The app will feature more than 500 reputed companies which have openings for skilled and unskilled workers.
Sood told ABP News, “For the past several months, efforts were being made to design a portal which could help migrant workers find a suitable job amid this pandemic. It has been prepared with a lot of hard work. I hope that it will benefit millions of migrant labourers who lost their jobs due to the Coronavirus-induced lockdown.”
Jobs in these companeis are largely available in construction, retail, auto sector, logistics, security and e-commerce. Apart from making their job hunt easier, the Pravasi Rojgar will also train the workers in soft skills and English speaking. Now that’s what we call a responsible star!
Saviour for poor COVID-19 patients
We can’t ascertain how this busy man is managing these heroic feats; he’s also lending a hand to the families of COVID-19 patients who find treatment unaffordable. He has been organising aid for surgeries and hospital arrangements for some people who wrote to him on Twitter.