On Friday, Bollywood star Sonu Sood, who has been hitting the headlines for his philanthropic and welfare work ever since the coronavirus-induced lockdown was imposed in 2020, met Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and jointly addressed a press conference wherein Sood was named by the Delhi Chief Minister as the brand ambassador for the ‘Desh Ke Mentor’ programme. Kejriwal said under this initiative students will be guided in making their career choices.
“Some of the students in government schools come from very poor backgrounds and there are very few people to guide them. We are appealing to educated people to become mentors for these children. Sonu Sood will be our brand ambassador for the programme,” Arvind Kejriwal said in at the joint presser.
“We are thankful to Sonu Sood for taking out time from his busy schedule. He is an inspiration for the entire country. Thousands reach out to him for help. This is a sort of miracle that he has been doing what so many governments have not been able to do. We had a long chat about his work and shared the work of the Delhi government with him,” Kejriwal added.
“Today, I have been given an opportunity to mentor lakhs of students. There is no greater service than guiding students. I am sure together we can & we will,” Sonu Sood said at the presser.
Clarifying that his meeting was Sonu Sood was restricted only to the ‘Desh Ke Mentor’ programme and that no talks involving politics were held, Kejriwal told the reporters present at the presser, “We just discussed this programme and no political discussions were held.”
Meanwhile, during his meeting with the Delhi CM, Sood told the latter about his journey of setting up an online job portal ‘Pravasi Rojagar’ that offered jobs to the migrant labourers.
While interacting with the Chief Minister, the actor described his experience of helping the migrant labourers in sending them back home in the lockdown last year and how he maintained a database of 7,50,000 migrants and reconnected with them to start his job portal that offered 3,00,000 jobs to the migrants.
“I was connected with the 7,50,000 migrants. I had the data of every migrant. Whenever I used to send them home, I used to ask them that when are they coming back. The migrants told me that that they would come back if they get jobs,” said Sonu.
“They were scared as their parents might stop them from going back to the places where they worked before. There was a lot of anticipation of whether the migrants would come back or not. I thought the problems related to jobs might come,” further said Sonu. “I thought about what should be done regarding the lack of jobs after lockdown. I made the application ‘Pravasi Rojagar’ and through that technology, I connected with all those migrants. The companies who work in this field got in touch with me and appreciated that you are doing good work,” added Sonu. Besides the Chief Minister, State’s Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia was also present in the meeting.
(With inputs from ANI)