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BCCI to contribute Rs. 51 crore to PM Cares Fund to combat COVID-19
Mumbai/IBNS: The Indian cricket board along with its affiliated state associations on Saturday announced that it will contribute Rs. 51 crore to the Prime Minister's Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situations Fund or PM Cares Fund to fight against the deadly Novel Coronavirus.
"The outbreak of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) is first and foremost a public health emergency and the BCCI has a firm resolve that the nation gets all possible help to cope with the testing times," the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) said in a statement.
The statement further read, "The BCCI will contribute to Hon’ble Prime Minister’s initiative which is a dedicated national fund (PM-CARES Fund) with the primary objective of dealing with emergency or distress situations."
Modi on Saturday took to Twitter to appeal to people to contribute to the fund to fight against the virus which has kept the country as well as the globe on edge.
The Prime Minister tweeted, "People across the country have expressed their willingness to contribute to fight against COVID-19. In recognition of this sentiment, Prime Minister's Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situations Fund has been created. This will prove to be very effective in building a healthy India."
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BCCI secretary Jay Shah, the second most important person in BCCI after board president Sourav Ganguly, said in a tweet, "India stands united with our PM @narendramodi in these challenging times. @BCCI and it's affiliated State Associations have contributed â‚¹51 Crores to PM-CARES Fund to help #IndiaFightsCorona. We must all pledge to contribute for this great initiative."
India stands united with our PM @narendramodi in these challenging times.@BCCI and it's affiliated State Associations have contributed â‚¹51 Crores to PM-CARES Fund to help #IndiaFightsCorona.— Jay Shah (@JayShah) March 28, 2020
We must all pledge to contribute for this great initiative. @SGanguly99 @ThakurArunS
Indian cricketer Suresh Raina has pledged to contribute Rs. 31 crore to PM Cares Fund and Rs. 21 crore to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister's Disaster Relief Fund.
"It’s time we all do our bit to help defeat #COVID19. I’m pledging â‚¹52 lakh for the fight against #Corona (â‚¹31 lakh to the PM-CARES Fund & â‚¹21 lakh to the UP CM’s Disaster Relief Fund). Please do your bit too. Jai Hind!" Raina tweeted.
It’s time we all do our bit to help defeat #COVID19. I’m pledging â‚¹52 lakh for the fight against #Corona (â‚¹31 lakh to the PM-CARES Fund & â‚¹21 lakh to the UP CM’s Disaster Relief Fund). Please do your bit too. Jai Hind!#StayHomeIndia @narendramodi @PMOIndia @myogiadityanath— Suresh RainaðŸ‡®ðŸ‡³ (@ImRaina) March 28, 2020
As India is presently under a 21-day lockdown to stop the spread of the Novel Coronavirus, Ganguly, a former Indian skipper, had earlier in association with a company pledged to donate rice worth Rs. 50 lakh for the underprivileged.
Former Indian skipper and cricket legend, Sachin Tendulkar, earlier donated Rs. 50 lakh to combat COVID-19 which has so far infected 959 people including 23 fatalities.
Tendulkar will contribute Rs. 25 lakh each to the Relief Funds of the Prime Minister and the Chief Minister of his state Maharashtra.
India's World Cup-winning captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has contributed Rs. 1 lakh through a Pune-based Non Governmental Organisation (NGO).
The deadly virus has infected 640,000 people including more than 29,000 deaths across the globe.
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