Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju on Saturday donated his one month salary over and above Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s directive to all BJP MPs to contribute Rs one crore from MPLAD funds in the country’s fight against COVID-19 pandemic.
“PM Narendra Modi ji announced #PMCares Fund to strengthen disaster management capacities and to encourage research on protecting citizens. It accepts micro-donations too. Let us contribute to make India healthier and more prosperous for our future generations. I’ve donated my one month salary,” Rijiju wrote on his Facebook page.
“Also keeping in touch with District Administration and authorized my nodal DC to use my MPLAD funds to purchase emergency medical kits to fight #COVID-19.”
Several sports stars have joined forces to help fight the battle against the novel coronavirus pandemic, which has now claimed 23 lives in India.
Suresh Raina pledged Rs 52 lakh to combat the deadly virus, stating that he would be transferring Rs 31 lakh to PM-CARES Fund while the rest will be donated to UP CM’s Disaster Relief Fund. Former India captains Sourav Ganguly and Sachin Tendulkar have also donated Rs 50 lakh each for the cause while the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) pledged Rs 25 lakh to the West Bengal governemnt.
Kolkata-based football club Mohun Bagan have pledged Rs 20 lakh while ace sprinter Hima Das has also decided to donate a month’s salary.
The country is under a 21-day lockdown to contain the spread of the deadly virus that has claimed nearly 25,000 lives globally. In India 23 people have lost their lives while more than 900 have been infected.