In the view of coronavirus pandemic, several sports personalities are extending their support to the citizens and have contributed generously to the PM Modi’s Relief Fund. Joining the likes of Sachin Tendulkar, Ajinkya Rahane and Suresh Raina, cricketer-turned-politician Gautam Gambhir donated Rs 1 crore to the Relief Fund.
Gautam Gambhir took to Twitter and wrote, “It is time that all resources of the country be directed towards fighting COVID-19. Have released INR 1 Crore from my MP LAD fund towards relief efforts. Have also donated one month’s salary towards the Central Relief Fund. United we stand!!”
Earlier, Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju also donated Rs 1 crore from his MPLAD fund. Taking to Twitter, Rijiju wrote: “I am depositing the amount now. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given a call to all BJP MPs to give Rs 1 crore from their MPLADS Fund to the National Relief Fund in the fight against coronavirus.”
It is time that all resources of the country be directed towards fighting COVID-19. Have released INR 1 Crore from my MP LAD fund towards relief efforts. Have also donated one month's salary towards the Central Relief Fund.
— Gautam Gambhir (@GautamGambhir) March 28, 2020
Meanwhile, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) also donated a whopping amount of Rs 51 crore to the PM Relief Fund. Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the PM Relief Fund on Saturday, which has seen many celebrities — from different fields — coming in support to combat coronavirus pandemic.
The novel coronavirus has been declared as a global pandemic by the World Health Organisation (WHO) earlier this month. Meanwhile, 668,363 cases have been reported across the world so far. Of this, 31,045 people have died across the world.