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Lockdown Heroes: A Benevolent Businessman And A Poor Fisherman With A Big Heart
Moved by the plight of others, these heroes are helping people in whatever way they can
The nationwide lockdown imposed to check the spread of coronavirus has taken a toll on migrant workers. Chandrasekhar, a businessman in Vizianagaram city in Andhra Pradesh, was so moved by the plight of women and children passing through his city on foot that he decided to do something about it.
Chandrasekhar asked them to wait and arranged trucks to take them to the borders adjoining their respective states. According to a report in The New Indian Express, Chandrasekhar claims he is spending around Rs 50,000-60,000 per day and has moved around 1,500 migrants in four days.
The businessman has arranged for food and water for these migrant workers who have already covered hundreds of kilometres on foot. According to news reports, the trucks arranged by Chandrasekhar take migrants travelling to Odisha and West Bengal to the Rayagada border, and those travelling to Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh to Sunki. Both the places are more than 100 kilometres from Vizianagaram.
A day for helping others
Babu, a fisherman in Kerala’s Vadakara town, was out of work for nearly two months because of the coronavirus lockdown. He recently resumed work and decided to distribute fish free of cost to people once every week.
According to the Mathrabhumi news website, Babu said that when he was facing a crisis he received help from others and therefore he felt he must do his part now by distributing free fish.
Recently, Babu distributed prawns worth Rs 8,000 among 110 families who are his regular customers.
His family, which includes his wife and two daughters, did not know about this until somebody shared Babu’s act of kindness on social media.
There’s a belief that a man who gives in charity should do it in a way that his left hand should not know what his right hand gives. Babu clearly endorses that.