A small philanthropic gesture by a 12-year-old girl from Uttar Pradesh's Noida is winning hearts. She paid for the airfare of three migrant workers from Jharkhand from her piggy bank savings.
Her act of kindness amid the coronavirus pandemic, which has left thousands of migrant workers stranded in the cities, drew appreciation from Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren on Monday.
The girl, a Class 8 student, paid Rs 48,000 to buy air tickets for the three workers from Jharkhand, one of them a cancer patient, from her savings.
Appreciating her action, Mr Soren said he was grateful to the student for her sensitivity to the needs of others and wished her a bright future, a statement from the Chief Minister's Office (CMO) said.
"Society has given us much and it is our responsibility to return it during this crisis," said Niharika Dwivedi, who broke her piggy bank savings.
The girl's help assumes significance amid the distress faced by migrants across the country with many of them walking hundreds of kilometres to reach their homes, and some dying due to accidents and fatigue during the arduous journey.
Sources said the girl got in touch with some common friends to find if any migrant worker was interested in going home amid the lockdown and got to know about the three Jharkhand residents, including the cancer patient.