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On his birthday, Aaditya Thackeray gives Navi Mumbai man Rs 1 lakh for newborn’s heart treatment – Mumbai Mirror

Mumbai:Shiv Sena scion and Maharashtra cabinet minister Aaditya Thackeray, who turned 30 on Saturday, helped a man in need by giving him Rs 1 lakh for the treatment of his newborn baby.

According to Yuva Sena officials, the six-day-old child was born in Navi Mumbai’s Airoli municipal hospital with three heart blockages and was later shifted to Fortis Hospital in Mulund due to the serious heart condition.

As soon as Yuva Sena functionaries Rahul Kanal and Hussain Shah came to know of the baby’s plight, they brought it to the notice of Thackeray, who heads Sena’s youth wing, along with being the Tourism Minister of Maharashtra.

Without wasting any time, Thackeray extended help of Rs 1 lakh to the child’s father Abdul Ansari and assured him that all the medical expenses would be taken care of by the officials.

On Friday, Aaditya announced that he will not be celebrating his birthday this year due to the coronavirus crisis in the state and the country. He also urged his followers and well-wishers to not spend on hoardings, garlands, cake, and utilise that amount for those affected due to COVID-19.

“Or else, donate that amount to CM Relief Fund. That will really make me happy,” he wrote.

He added that he hopes to continue receiving the love and blessings that the people have showered upon him until now and urged everyone to follow the precautionary measures laid out by the government to come out of this crisis as soon as possible.

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Migrants walk home

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Shelter from the harsh sun

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The long wait to get home

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Desperate to get home

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Indoors, all day long

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Innocence and endurance

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Staring at uncertain times

In the midst of the migrant crisis, hardly anyone is talking of the children of migrant workers, who have become the collateral casualties of the pandemic. They have been out of schools as their parents have lost work and savings. They are still on their way home but it’s not clear how or who has factored their childhood and recovery in the midst of all the economic packages and stimulus that have been announced. Photo by Satyajit Desai/ MMCL