Covid-19 crisis: PMO announces Citizen’s Relief Fund for emergency situations

Totally opaque’ Shashi Tharoor raises questions about PM-CARES fund asks Modi to explain

Contributors to the fund will enjoy tax benefits, it has been announced.

The actor tweeted: "This is that time when all that matters is the lives of our people".

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Saturday pledged to donate Rs 51 crores to the Prime Minister's Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situations Fund (PM-CARES Fund) in the wake of the coronavirus contribute towards strengthening the nation's disaster management capacities and encourage research to combat COVID-19 and protect Indian citizens. "Prime Minister is the Chairman of this trust and its Members include Defence Minister, Home Minister and Finance Minister", it further added.

The fund has been announced with the primary objective of dealing with any kind of emergency or distress situation, and to provide relief to the affected. As per an IANS report, Out of the donation amount, the Baahubali star pledged of Rs 3 crore to the Prime Minister's relief fund and Rs 50 Lakhs each to Chief Minister's relief fund of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. Soon after his tweet, Twinkle Khanna took to the micro-blogging site to express her happiness about Akshay Kumar's decision.

Earlier, Telugu superstars Pawan Kalyan, Ram Charan, Chiranjeevi and Mahesh Babu had also donated to boost the fight against COVID-19.

"The man makes me proud".

In Bollywood, Hrithik Roshan and Kapil Sharma too had come forward to fund relief work. This Fund will also cater to similar distressing situations in future, the PM said. "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", Akshay said on Twitter. India has suspended all visas and barred travel from Afghanistan, Philippines, EU, UK, China, Malaysia and mandatory 14-day quarantine from several other countries and the Prime Minister has issued a 21-day countrywide lockdown starting from 25 March to April 15.



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