Coronavirus is a challenge and Indians of all walks of life are now doing their bit to save their fellow citizens. While Tata Sons pledged Rs 1000 crore, Bollywood star Akshay Kumar pledged Rs 25 crore from his savings.
Akshay Kumar announced the amount while responding to a tweet from PM Narendra Modi where he asked Indians to donate to PM-CARES Fund.
“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 Rs 25 crores from my savings to @narendramodi ji’s PM-CARES Fund. Let’s save lives, Jaan hai toh jahaan hai.”
Needless to say Akshay Kumar won the internet with this mighty gesture.
Cricketer Pragyan Ojha hailed Akshay Kumar and said that the latter was his ‘ non-cricketer role model since I was a teen. I wish I can replicate 10% of what you are and how you set examples. Reel and real superstar paaji. ”
While Vindu Dara Singh wrote:
From time to time people question his citizenship!
Today once AGAIN he has demonstrated which country is mentioned on his documents and which country is engraved in his heart! 25 crore is a huge amount as an individual entity!
What is the PM Cares Fund?
Keeping in mind the need for having a dedicated national fund with the primary objective of dealing with any kind of emergency or distress situation, like posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, and to provide relief to the affected, a public charitable trust under the name of ‘Prime Minister’s Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situations Fund’ (PM CARES Fund)’ has been set up. Prime Minister is the Chairman of this trust and its Members include Defence Minister, Home Minister and Finance Minister.
This fund will enable micro-donations as a result of which a large number of people will be able to contribute with smallest of denominations.
Citizens and organisations can go to the website pmindia.gov.in and donate to PM CARES Fund using following details:
Name of the Account : PM CARES
Account Number : 2121PM20202
IFSC Code : SBIN0000691
SWIFT Code : SBININBB104
Name of Bank & Branch : State Bank of India, New Delhi Main Branch
UPI ID : pmcares@sbi
Following modes of payments are available on the website pmindia.gov.in –
Debit Cards and Credit Cards
UPI (BHIM, PhonePe, Amazon Pay, Google Pay, PayTM, Mobikwik, etc.)
Donations to this fund will be exempted from income tax under section 80(G).