Amid the Coronavirus outbreak, many public figures are stepping forward to help the government and support the needy. Recently, Irfan Pathan revealed that he, along with his brother Yusuf Pathan would donate 4000 masks to the Vadodara health department.
Now, the BCCI president Saurav Ganguly has come forward to help those who are severely affected by the 21-day lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The former Indian captain has promised to donate rice worth Rs 50 lakh for the underprivileged.
The Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) issued a statement and thanked Ganguly for his “humanitarian” gesture.
“It is heartening to note that Sourav Ganguly, along with Lal Baba Rice, has come forward to provide free rice worth Rs 50 lacs to the needy people who have been put in government schools for safety and security,” CAB said in a statement as quoted by The Indian Express.
Earlier, the CAB also announced a donation of Rs 25 lakh towards the State Emergency Relief Fund amid the global crisis.
“We have decided to donate Rs 25 lakhs for now to the State Emergency Relief Fund to be used in combating this disease. As a responsible institution, it is our duty to stand by the administration and help them eradicate this disease,” said CAB President Avishek Dalmiya.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the nation on Tuesday (Mar 24), to declare that the entire country will be under lockdown for the upcoming 21 days. He also announced the allocation of Rs 15,000 crore for providing necessary facilities and protective equipment to all healthcare professionals who are involved in the treatment of COVID-19 affected patients.