Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the Prime Minister’s Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situations Fund (PM-CARES) for donations on 28.03.2020 following the spread of COVID-19 in India. The PM urged the citizens of India to donate to the fund for India’s war against COVID-19.
The announcement saw a heartwarming reaction from the masses with Bollywood celebrities, Cricket Players, Business Tycoons as well as the general folks.
Actor Akshay Kumar announced that he will be donating Rs 25 crore to PM-CARES.
Akshay wrote on Twitter, “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.”
Actor Kartik Aaryan contributed Rs 1 crore to the PM-Cares fund. Bhushan Kumar, who heads film studio T-Series, said he will donate Rs 11 crore.
TV host and actor Maniesh Paul said he will donate Rs 20 lakh and Murad Khetani, the producer of 2019 blockbuster “Kabir Singh”, pledged Rs 25 lakh to PM-CARES and another 25 lakhs to the Maharashtra Relief Fund.
Designer Sabyasachi Mukherjee also pledged to give Rs 1 crore of his funds to the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund (PMNRF) along with Rs 50 lakhs to Chief Minister of West Bengal’s Relief Fund.
Actor Salman Khan said he will extend help to 25,000-odd daily wage workers of the film industry whose lives have been affected by the ongoing national lockdown. Salman’s contribution will aid the artistes of Federation of Western India Cine Employees (FWICE), said the body’s president BN Tiwari.
Sports Fraternity Stands with the Nation – Donates to PM-CARES Fund
Apart from Bollywood celebs, Indian sports fraternity also joined the race to raise funds to fight the coronavirus menace. Among the cricketers, batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar donated Rs 50 lakh to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.
India’s richest sporting body, the BCCI, on Saturday pledged a donation of Rs 51 crore to the Prime Minister’s Relief Fund in country’s fight against COVID-19 pandemic.
Among other prominent cricketers, the Pathan brothers — Irfan and Yusuf — donated 4000 face masks to Baroda police and health department while the former World Cup-winning captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, through a Pune based NGO, contributed Rs 1 lakh.
Former Indian batsman and Lok Sabha MP Gautam Gambhir said that he has released Rs 1 crore out of his MP Local Area Development Scheme (MPLADS) towards the relief efforts amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Meanwhile, Suresh Raina also contributed to the relief funds to fight the coronavirus. Stepping up in the times of need, Raina donated Rs 52 lakh to combat the deadly coronavirus.
Star India batsman Rohit Sharma has donated Rs 80 lakh to fight the rapidly-spreading COVID-19 pandemic, saying the onus is on the citizens to help the country get back on its feet. He has given Rs 5 lakh to ‘Zomato Feeding India’, which is helping families affected by the ongoing national lockdown, and another Rs 5 lakh to help aid the welfare of stray dogs.
Among athletes from other disciplines, wrestler Bajrang Punia, sprinter Hima Das and shuttler PV Sindhu are some of the prominent names to have donated their salaries in the battle against the dreaded virus which has led to a 21-day national lockdown.
Das will be donating her salary to Assam’s COVID-19 relief fund. PV Sindhu has also donated a sum of Rs 10 lakh to combat the spread of coronavirus. Sindhu has donated Rs 5 lakh each to Andhra Pradesh and Telangana Chief Minister Relief Funds in the fight against COVID-19 pandemic.
Star wrestler Bajrang Punia, who works as an OSD in Railways, has already donated his six months’ salary to Haryana coronavirus relief fund.
Government Officials lend a hand to help India fight COVID-19
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.
Business Tycoons lead the Battle Against COVID-19
The corporate sector stepped up to donate for the cause, aiding the country in these difficult times.
With Adani Group and JSW Group donating Rs.100 crores, Tata Sons and Tata Trusts have pledged to contribute Rs 1,500 crore.
Ratan Tata on Twitter wrote: “The COVID-19 crisis is one of the toughest challenges we will face as a race. The Tata Trusts and the Tata group companies have in the past risen to the needs of the nation. At this moment, the need of the hour is greater than any other time.”
Engineering and construction giant Larsen & Toubro announced Rs 150 crore donation to the PM-CARES Fund it has set aside over Rs 500 crore per month to support about 1.60 lakh contract workers. TVS Motor Company said it will donate Rs 25 crore to the PM’s Relief Fund for battle against COVID-19 pandemic.
Mahindra Group Chairman Anand Mahindra is among business tycoons who have taken note of the situation and has pledged to contribute 100% of his salary to the fund. He also made an offer to help lighten the burden on healthcare facilities. Mahindra offered to convert Mahindra Holiday resorts as temporary care facilities. He also said that engineers of Mahindra will be manufacturing ventilators in its factory considering the shortage of the life support device in the country. This device is an interim lifesaver and the team estimates it will cost below Rs 7,500.
Before PM-CARES, Reliance Paced Forward to Help India Fight COVID-19
Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) on said that it has set up India’s first COVID-19 dedicated hospital in Mumbai that includes a negative pressure room that helps in preventing cross-contamination and helps control infection.
“Sir HN Reliance Foundation Hospital in collaboration with the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), has set up a dedicated 100 bedded COVID-19 centre at Seven Hills Hospital, Mumbai for patients who test positive for COVID-19,” RIL said in an official statement.
“This first-of-its-kind-in-India centre is fully funded by Reliance Foundation and includes a negative pressure room that helps in preventing cross-contamination and helps control infection. All beds are equipped with the required infrastructure, biomedical equipment such as ventilators, pacemakers, dialysis machines, and patient monitoring devices,” it added.
“Sir HN Reliance Foundation Hospital, a world-class healthcare institution in Mumbai, has also offered to set up special medical facilities to quarantine travellers from notified countries and suspected cases identified through contact tracing,” the statement further said.
RIL also said that it will continue to pay its contract and temporary workers, even if work has halted due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“RIL will continue to pay contract and temporary workers, even if work has halted due to this crisis. For those earning below Rs. 30,000 per month, salaries will be paid twice a month to protect their cash flow and mitigate any overwhelming financial burden,” RIL said in an official statement.
“RIL has moved most of its employees to its Work-From-Home platform except for those who are manning critical roles in maintaining the Jio network for nearly 40 crore customers and for providing an uninterrupted supply of fuel, grocery and other essential items of daily consumption,” it further added.
RIL has also announced initial support of Rs 5 crores to Maharashtra Chief Minister’s Relief Fund to combat coronavirus spread.
The company is enhancing its production capacities to produce 100,000 face-masks per day and a large number of personal protective equipment for the nation’s health workers to equip them further to fight coronavirus.
“RIL has today announced initial support of Rs 5 crores to Maharashtra Chief Minister’s Relief Fund. RIL has deployed the combined strengths of Reliance Foundation, Reliance Retail, Jio, Reliance Life Sciences, Reliance Industries, and all the 6,00,000 members of the Reliance Family to fight against COVID-19. RIL is enhancing its production capacities to produce 100,000 face-masks per day and a large number of personal protective equipments for the nation’s health workers to equip them further to fight coronavirus,” the statement said.
Reliance Foundation also promised to provide free meals to people across various cities in partnership with NGOs to offer necessary livelihood relief in the current crisis situation. It is also helping authorities and working for effective testing of the virus.
“RIL has built a fully-equipped isolation facility in Lodhivali, Maharashtra and handed it over to the district authorities. Reliance Life Sciences is importing additional test kits and consumables for effective testing. Our doctors and researchers are also working overtime to find a cure for this deadly virus,” the statement read.
“All 736 grocery stores of Reliance Retail across the country will ensure sufficient supply of essentials, including staples, fruits and vegetables, bread, breakfast cereals and other items of daily use so that citizens need not stock up,” it further said.