WASHINGTON: In the aftermath of the lockdown undertaken by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to contain the spread of the coronavirus or COVID-19, the Indian American community is offering free accommodation to stranded Indian students.
A group of small business owners and hoteliers of Indian descent have offered free stay in their hotels and homes to Indian students, who are left stranded in the US, due to the lockdown in India.
According to sources, the Indian American community has roped in more than 5,000 rooms offering free accommodation to students.
The Indian Embassy has been running 24*7 helpline for citizens of Indian diaspora in the US.
Anyone who contacts the Indian Embassy after verification can then contact the hoteliers.
“Those in need have to contact the Indian Embassy’s helpline, who will then contact the hoteliers and the hotels who are donating their room for this cause. We will provide them shelter once we have the information,” a Boston-based hotelier, Neerav Patel was quoted as saying.
India’s Ambassador to the United States, Taranjit Singh Sandhu said in a tweet, “It is heartening to see that Indian; Indian-American and other hotel owners are coming forward to help people with accommodation in these testing times. Together we can overcome the fight against COVID19!”
It is heartening to see that Indian; Indian American & other hotel owners are coming forward to help people with accommodation in these testing times. Together we can overcome the fight against COVID19! https://t.co/FA9fj0cHFB— Taranjit Singh Sandhu (@SandhuTaranjitS) March 25, 2020