Bhaichung Bhutia Offers His Building In Sikkim To Shelter Migrants

by Gizel Menezes
Bhaichung Bhutia Offers His Building In Sikkim To Shelter Migrants

At a time when thousands of migrant laborers across India are struggling to return to their hometowns and make ends meet, former Indian football captain, Bhaichung Bhutia has offered to help during this crisis.

Image Courtesy: Sikkim Express

Bhaichung Bhutia Opens His Doors For Migrant Workers

Bhaichung Bhutia, on Monday, announced that he has offered his building in Lumsey, Tadong in Sikkim, as a shelter for migrant workers in the state.

In a video shared by the Quint, Bhutia mentioned how India is struggling with the mass exodus of migrant workers who have nowhere to go as the government has ordered the sealing of all State and national borders. Acknowledging the struggle of the migrant workers, he said that the migrant workers are the ones who are really suffering in this lockdown.

“Yesterday, we had thousands of them (migrant workers) lined up at the Sikkim border trying to cross. What I could see what a lot of them don’t have a place to stay. I saw that the friends’ of laborers working in my building had nowhere to go, so I told them to come and stay in the building. I’m sure there will be many more like them. So I offered my unfinished building,” said Bhutia.

The building offered by Bhutia has 5 floors and can accommodate up to 100 people. Ten workers are already staying there and food is being provided to them. Bhutia has also asked the local government in Sikkim to support him in his endeavor.

Bhutia also posted the message on his Facebook account, offering shelter to those in need!

I feel strongly for the migrant workers who hope to reach their homes to survive corona virus and the nationwide lockdown. The mass exodus of migrant workers pouring out to attempt strenuous treks to their home is not only a violation of the curfew but is also a danger to their lives.I and United Sikkim Football Club would like to offer shelter to those in need in my building in Lumsey, Tadong. Kindly get in touch with me on Facebook or call our Senior manager USFC, Mr Arjun Rai phn. 9434117465 for any help regarding this issue.

Bhaichung Bhutia यांनी वर पोस्ट केले सोमवार, ३० मार्च, २०२०

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The Ex-Captain Of India Is Co-ordinating Everything Despite Being Away From Home

Meanwhile, the former striker himself is stranded in Siliguri as he was in transit when Prime Minister Modi announced the 21-day lockdown. However, despite being away from his family, the ex-captain is coordinating everything from there to ensure the welfare of these migrants.

And while he is there, he and his team United Sikkim FC (USFC) are also working to help migrant workers in Bengal get ration. He is in talks with the local authorities in Bengal regarding the same. His efforts to help these people in need prove that Once a captain, Always a Captain!

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