While the PM CARES FUND opens wide for the contributions, the unexpected amount and contributions came soaring. As the pandemic widens the leaders, CEOs, actors, actresses and founders have contributed to the nation to prepare for the crisis ahead.
The recent news hovers with an announcement that the Indian government supports with a relief fund of a $22 billion package to poor as COVID-19 spreads out of proportion.
The most heart-warming news was the funds that came flooding from personalities across the business, sports and entertainment coterie. They have also come forward with donations over the last few days.
- In what can be called one of the biggest gestures by a B-town celebrity, Bollywood superstar Akshay Kumar, on Saturday, pledged to donate Rs 25 crore in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic. The development comes in the wake of netizens accusing Bollywood stars of not contributing to help those struggling with Covid-19 crisis.
This is that time when all that matters is the lives of our people. And we need to do anything and everything it takes. I pledge to contribute Rs 25 crores from my savings to @narendramodi ji’s PM-CARES Fund. Let’s save lives, Jaan hai toh jahaan hai. 🙏🏻 https://t.co/dKbxiLXFLS
— Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) March 28, 2020
In response to him, an appreciative tweet followed, from his very beloved, Twinkle Khanna.
The man makes me proud. When I asked him if he was sure as it was such a massive amount and we needed to liquidate funds, he just said, ‘ I had nothing when I started and now that I am in this position, how can I hold back from doing whatever I can for those who have nothing.’ https://t.co/R9hEin8KF1
— Twinkle Khanna (@mrsfunnybones) March 28, 2020
- Virushka: Famously known as Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma
With the nations’ call and advice, this couple seems who have been constantly urging people about social distancing with video messages donated a lump sum and did not disclose the amount. Humbled enough! Their gesture is long-standing before the crisis and will always be cherished.
The posts made by Viruskha, as their fans like to call them affectionately, had, “Our hearts are breaking looking at the suffering of so many and we hope our contribution, in some way, helps easing the pain of our fellow citizens.”
Anushka and I are pledging our support towards PM-CARES Fund & the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund (Maharashtra). Our hearts are breaking looking at the suffering of so many & we hope our contribution, in some way, helps easing the pain of our fellow citizens #IndiaFightsCorona
— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) March 30, 2020
- The rank newcomer, Actor Kartik Aryan has also a say in the PM CARES FUND. He said it’s the “absolute need of the hour” for people to come together as a nation.
His humble tweet went viral with due to the honesty words, he spoke out heartily,
“Whatever I am, whatever money I’ve earned, is only because of the people of India; and for us I am contributing Rs. 1 crore to the PM-CARES Fund. I urge all my fellow Indians also to help as much as possible,” the ‘Love Aaj Kal’ actor wrote.
It is the absolute need of the hour to rise together as a Nation.
Whatever I am, whatever money I’ve earned, is only because of the people of India; and for us I am contributing Rs. 1 crore to the PM-CARES Fund.
I URGE all my fellow Indians also to help as much as possible 🙏🏻 https://t.co/AzTT3lWHtr
— Kartik Aaryan (@TheAaryanKartik) March 30, 2020
- After fashion designer Anita Dongre’s generous contribution of Rs 1.5 crore, celebrity-favourite designer Sabyasachi Mukherjee on Saturday also pledged to donate Rs 10 million (Rs 1 crore) of personal funds to the PM’s National Relief Fund (PMNRF) and Rs 5 million (Rs 50 lakh) to the Chief Minister of West Bengal’s Relief Fund to help the battle against coronavirus. The 46-year-old designer took to Instagram to share the news.
Donations from other industries:
A global information technology (IT), consulting and business process service provider, Wipro Limited has committed another Rs.100 crore ($13 million), while engineering services company Wipro Enterprises Limited has donated Rs 25 crore ($3.3 million).
Further, IT czar Azim Premji committed Rs. 1000 crore ($134 million) through his philanthropic arm, the Azim Premji Foundation. In a release on Wednesday, the company said that the foundation’s 1,600 employees will work together with the government and healthcare workers. The money will be used for humanitarian aid and for beefing up healthcare support targeted at containment and treatment of the disease.
India’s richest man Mukesh Ambani has contributed Rs. 500 crores ($67 million) to the prime minister’s fund; Rs. 5 crores ($660,000) for the relief fund of the chief minister of Maharashtra, Ambani’s home state, and an equal amount for the relief fund of the chief minister of Gujarat state, where Reliance’s biggest refinery complex is located.