Courtesy : Salman Khan Salim Khan
Bollywood superstar Salman Khan has come to the rescue of daily wage workers from the film industry who are suffering from a financial crisis due to the coronavirus lockdown. The actor has pledged to help 25,000 workers, as informed by the Federation of Western Indian Cine Employees (FWICE).
According to FWICE president B N Tiwari, Salman, through his Being Human Foundation reached out to their organisation to help the workers.
"Salman's Being Human Foundation has come forward to help daily wage workers. They called us three days ago. We have about 5 lakh workers out of which 25,000 are in dire need of financial help. Being Human Foundation said they will take care of these workers on their own. They have asked for account details of these 25,000 workers as they want to ensure that money reaches them directly," Tiwari told PTI.
Salman’s father Salim Khan also informed that the family has been taking care of the house staff and employees. In a recent interaction with Mid-day, Khan revealed that his sons- Salman, Arbaaz and Sohail, have lent financial assistance to their staff at their respective studios.
"But our family has a principle- hamara paisa jahan jaaye, wahan dikhna chahiye aur kisike kaam aana chahiye (our family has a principle that wherever they contribute family’s money, it should be of help to those who need it). (Since the past fortnight), we have been arranging meals for our building and Salman's security guards. We must all look after our staff," he said.
Earlier in the week, filmmakers and actors, including Karan Johar, Taapsee Pannu, Ayushmann Khurrana, Kiara Advani, Rakul Preet Singh, Sidharth Malhotra, and Nitesh Tiwari pledged their support to a new initiative aimed at supporting the daily wage earners.
Meanwhile, the COVID-19 pandemic is taking a toll over the nation, with 723, 077 cases worldwide and 1071 cases reported in India.