After announcing the 21-days lockdown due to Coronavirus scare, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has urged citizens to contribute in the PM’s Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situations (PM-CARES) fund.
PM-CARES fund is a national fund which has the objective of dealing with any kind of emergency or distress situation like the COVID-19 pandemic. PM Modi is the Chairman of this trust, and its Members include Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Home Minister Amit Shah, and Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman.
After the PM’s appeal, various organisations and personalities came forward to extend financial aid to the government, including cricketer Suresh Raina.
The Chennai Super Kings (CSK) batsman Raina promised to donate INR 52 lakh in the fight against coronavirus. Out of which INR 31 lakh will go to PM-CARES Fund, and the rest INR 21 lakh to the UP CM’s Disaster Relief Fund. The southpaw also requested his fans and followers to do their bit.
It’s time we all do our bit to help defeat #COVID19. I’m pledging ₹52 lakh for the fight against #Corona (₹31 lakh to the PM-CARES Fund & ₹21 lakh to the UP CM’s Disaster Relief Fund). Please do your bit too. Jai Hind!#StayHomeIndia @narendramodi @PMOIndia @myogiadityanath
— Suresh Raina🇮🇳 (@ImRaina) March 28, 2020
The PM Modi lauded Raina for stepping forward to donate in the fund. He took to twitter and appreciated the UP cricketer’s effort.
“That’s a brilliant fifty,” tweeted PM Modi.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) March 28, 2020
Prior to Raina, legendary cricketer, Sachin Tendulkar had pledged INR 50 lakh to help India fight COVID-19. The apex cricket body of India, BCCI, also came forward and, on Saturday, declared to contribute INR 51 crore to the Prime Minister’s Relief Fund.