Hindu Temples, Filmstars, Sportspersons Rally To Fight Chinese Virus In India
As the deadly Chinese virus is spreading its tantacles across India, several Hindu temples, filmstars and sportspersons, have committed financial help to the state and central governments, in their fight against the deadly disease.
Shri Saibaba Sansthan Trust in Maharashtra has announced Rs 51 crore to the state government to augment its efforts to combat Chinese virus.
“The trust has decided to donate Rs 51 crore to the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund,” Trust’s CEO Arun Dongre said.
The trust had contributed when people suffered due to deluge in western Maharashtra last year as well as towards the families of the soldiers martyred in the Pulwama terror strike.
The trust has already started activities to bring relief to personnel like district police personnel and other workers on the frontlines of the fight against virus by providing them with food packets for breakfast and lunch.
Meanwhile, the Mahalaxmi Temple Management Trust in Kolhapur has announced a donation of Rs 2 crore, of which Rs 1.5 crore would be given to the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund.
“The remaining Rs 50 lakh will be given to the Kolhapur District Collector, of which Rs 25 lakh will be utilised for improving rural health infrastructure, while the other Rs 25 lakh will be for improving the facilities at the district’s CPR hospital, where COVID-19 cases are being treated,” said the Trust’s officials.
The Mahavir Mandir Trust in Bihar has donated Rs one crore to the CM Relief Fund.
The Mahakaleshwar Temple Management Committee in Ujjain has decided to donate Rs 2.5 lakh to the Prime Minister’s Relief Fund and Rs 2.5 lakh to the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund.
Temple administrator Sojan Singh Rawat said that the temple committee is also arranging free food for the helpless, disabled and needy people every day.
Film Stars Pitch In
Telugu Megastar Chiranjeevi donated Rs one crore for providing relief to the film workers. He laid emphasis on the importance of taking care of the daily wage workers.
The actor said the Chinese virus lockdown will have a lasting impact on the livelihood of the daily wage workers.
Thaliva (The Leader) – Rajinikanth – was among the first film stars to have donated money for the purpose. He donated Rs 50 lakh to help daily wage workers. Actor Vijay Sethupathi also donated Rs 10 lakh.
Bollywood stars Hrithik Roshan procured masks for BMC workers and caretakers.
Actor Kapil Sharma contributed Rs 50 lakh to the Prime Minister Relief Fund.
Baahubali actor Prabhas donated Rs 4 crore, out of which, Rs 3 crore will be given to the Prime Minister’s relief fund and Rs 50 lakhs each to Chief Minister’s relief fund of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.
Another Tollywood actor Mahesh Babu donated Rs 1 crore to the CM relief fund of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.
Pawan Kalyan announced Rs 1 crore to PM relief fund and another Rs 50 Lakhs each to both AP and Telangana CM relief funds.
Ram Charan too donated Rs 70 lakh to the PMO and state governments of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh to help with the ongoing health crisis.
The country is witnessing a 21-day lockdown, as announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, to contain the spread of the virus.
Sportspersons Chip In Too
Batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar has pledged Rs 50 lakh among India’s leading sportspersons to fight the virus.
He has given Rs 25 lakh each to Prime Minister’s Relief Fund and Maharashtra Chief Minister’s Relief Fund.
Raina pledged Rs 52 lakh for the fight Chinese virus. He gave Rs 31 lakh to the PM-CARES Fund & Rs 21 lakh to the UP CM’s Disaster Relief Fund.
Irfan and Yusuf Pathan donated 4,000 face masks to Baroda police and health department, while Mahendra Singh Dhoni, through a Pune-based NGO, made a contribution of Rs 1 lakh.
Among athletes, wrestler Bajrang Punia and sprinter Hima Das also donated their salaries.