Sunday, May 31, 2020

Actor Akshay Kumar donates Rs25 crores to fight Covid-19


Akshay Kumar (Reuters file photo)

Actor Akshay Kumar will be donating Rs25 crores towards Prime Minister Narendra Modi's PM-CARES fund to help the Indian government in its fight against coronavirus (Covid-19).

The Indian Premier had on Saturday announced the creation of the Prime Minister's Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situations Fund (PM-CARES) where people can contribute and help the government in the fight.

Taking to Twitter, Bollywood superstar Akshay said that safeguarding the lives of the people is of paramount importance right now. “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 Rs25 crores from my savings to @narendramodi ji’s PM-CARES Fund. Let’s save lives, Jaan hai toh jahaan hai,” Akshay tweeted.

South Indian superstar Rajinikanth donated Rs50 lakhs to help daily wage workers. Several other top actors from the south, including Prabhas, Mahesh Babu, Pawan Kalyan, Ram Charan and others have also donated money. 

In Bollywood, Hrithik Roshan and actor and comedy show host Kapil Sharma too contributed to the relief work. The star of the Hindi film "War" said he has procured masks for BMC (Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation) workers and caretakers, while Kapil Sharma donated Rs50 lakhs to the fund.