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Saving India's migrant workers

Actors, social workers are among scores of ordinary people helping India's poor, starving and hungry.

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The pandemic affected 40 million migrant workers who had left their homes to work in another state, city, or district. There were 139 million interstate migrants in India, according to the Census of 2011, and many have gone back home.

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Bunker Roy, an extraordinary social worker, has been doing relief work in the village of Tilonia in Rajasthan since 1972. Beyond his relief work in Rajasthan, he supported his local community organisations across India to reach the last mile to deliver food and other relief material to the neediest.

A "bad boy" of Bollywood movies makes an unusual transformation from screen villain into a real-life do-gooder. Sonu Sood just could not stand by and watch millions of jobless workers walking thousands of miles back to their village homes when the coronavirus pandemic shut down their workplaces...

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