India offspinner Washington Sundar has expressed his desire to help those in need during the COVID-19 pandemic in India. Responding to a tweet where three rickshaw-pullers explained how a lockdown in Lucknow has affected their livelihood, Sundar reached out to the reporter interviewing the rickshaw-pullers, asking for a way to make a donation. Also Read - Coronavirus Spike: India Logs Highest Single-day Caseload of Over 2.6 Lakh Infections
“Hi Alok, please do let me know how I can contribute as well. Thank you for bringing this up,” Sundar tweeted. Also Read - Rajasthan Slashes RT-PCR Test Price in Private Labs to Rs 350 Amid COVID Surge
With Lucknow being one of the many cities to come under a lockdown, the rickshaw pullers explained how life coming to a standstill in the city has affected their income and urged the government for help in any form.
“Because of this lockdown, the last three to four days we’ve hardly got work and have had to do without proper food. Schools have remained shut for almost 15 days now and that has really affected my income,” one of the rickshaw-pullers who operates at a school said.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Saturday announced an assistance for daily wage labourers and construction workers amid lockdown-like situation in the state owing to the Coronavirus pandemic. He said that that that Rs 1,000 each will be given to 15 lakh daily wage labourers and 20.37 Lakh construction workers for them to be able to meet their day-to-day needs.
“Rs 1000 each will be given 15 lakh daily wage labourers and 20.37 lakh construction workers to help them meet their daily needs,” Yogi had said while addressing a press conference.