Former Indian football player Bhaichung Bhutia on Monday offered his building in Lumsey, Tdong, Sikkim to accommodate migrant workers who have been stranded in the State due to the nationwide lockdown imposed by the Central Government in an attempt to curb the spread of COVID-19.
Bhaichung was also returning to his home state from Kolkata but had to remain stranded in Siliguri due to the lockdown.
“I was returning from Kolkata and due to this lockdown now I am here. So I am coordinating everything from here,” he said.
“There are a lot of migrant workers who are stuck in Sikkim also. Sikkim does not have any cases of coronavirus as of now. So I decided to offer my building which is still unfinished to them,” he added.
Bhutia also said that his five–storey building which can accommodate up to 100 people is already providing shelter to ten workers.
He also said that the workers staying in his building are also being provided food.
The iconic former striker said he and his team at United Sikkim FC (USFC) is also working on helping migrant workers in Bengal get ration.
“We are in talks with local authorities. Let’s see what can be done for them here in Bengal also. I feel strongly for the migrant workers who hope to reach their homes,” he added.