President Ram Nath Kovind said he will donate a month’s salary to the fund to “help the nation tide over the crisis of COVID-19” and appealed to countrymen to donate generously to it.
The Army, Navy and the Indian Air Force, as well as employees of the defence ministry, have decided to donate one day’s salary totalling around Rs 500 crore to the relief fund announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to help fight the coronavirus outbreak in the country. Separately, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh announced that he will donate one month’s salary to the fund.
The ruling BJP has announced that all its MPs will contribute a month’s salary to the cause. With Modi’s decision to set up this fund, all donations from his party leaders will likely go towards it, a person familiar with the matter said.
The party has also asked all its MPs, 303 in Lok Sabha and 83 in Rajya Sabha, to sanction Rs one crore from the annual Rs five-crore MP Local Area Development Scheme.
The Central Board of Secondary Education has donated Rs 21 lakh, collected from its employees who it said has volunteered to contribute, to the fund.
Home Minister Amit Shah said in a tweet that the Central Armed Police Forces contributed Rs 116 crore, a total of the one-day salary of its personnel.
PFC pledges Rs 200 cr under to PM CARES Fund to fight COVID-19. State-run REC contributes Rs 150 cr to PM CARES fund