Kendrapara, May 30 (LocalWire): Bollywood actor Sonu Sood arranged a charter flight for 167 women and 22 men from Kendrapara, stuck in a garment factory in Kerala due to the nationwide lockdown imposed to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus.
Women garment workers from Kendrapara district, who had been working in Kerala in a garment factory for some years, were stranded there owing to COVID-19.
The women had made a fervent appeal to the Odisha government through videos showing all of them sitting in the showroom of Kitex garments Limited at Kizhakkambalam in Ernakulam district.
After coming to know of their plight, Bollywood actor Sonu Sood arranged a chartered flight for them, from Kochi to Bhubaneswar.
One of the workers said that their despair deepened following the closure of the garment factory and the ceasing of their monthly remuneration.
“We are delighted that the actor arranged a flight for us from Kochi to Bhubaneswar.
Leaders and rich persons of Odisha should learn lessons from Sonu Sood,” she said on the condition of anonymity.
“We were stuck for more than two months. Now we are extremely happy after reaching our district,” said another worker who returned from Kerala.
“Our families back home were really worried. All our earnings were exhausted and getting through each day was an ordeal.
We are grateful to the actor who spent money from his own pocket to help us reach our villages,” she said.