Actor Sonu Sood on Sunday announced an initiative under which he would be providing e-rickshaws to the underprivileged who lost their jobs amid COVID-19 pandemic.
The 47-year-old actor said his initiative, titled ‘khud kamaao ghar chalaao’, is aimed at generating employment opportunities to make people “self-reliant”. “I believe providing job opportunities is more important than distributing supplies. I’m sure that this initiative will help them stand on their feet yet again by making them self-reliant and self-sufficient,” Sood said in a statement.
The actor had earlier also launched the ‘Pravasi Rojgar’ app, which aims to connect those who lost their jobs in the pandemic to companies and offers specific programmes to help improve their skills.
Sood has been recently named the No.1 South Asian celebrity in the world for his relentless efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic. Sood has overtaken Priyanka Chopra Jonas and Prabhas to become the number one South Asian celebrity on the Eastern Eye's 50 Asian celebrities in the World list.
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“As the pandemic broke, I realised it was my duty to help my countrymen; it was an instinct that came from within,” said Sood, expressing his gratitude for the honour. Sood is known for his efforts at ferrying Indian migrant workers amid the coronavirus lockdown.
He further added, "Eventually, this was something I came to Mumbai for. It was my responsibility as an Indian, which I did. I think all the love of the people which I received was simply their wishes and prayers. Once again, I won't stop till my last breath."
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