NEW DELHI: Former Indian batsman and Lok Sabha MP Gautam Gambhir said that he has released Rs one crore out of his MP Local Area Development Scheme (MPLADS) towards the relief efforts amid the coronavirus pandemic.
"It is time that every single resource of the country is directed towards fighting COVID-19. Have released INR 1 Crore from my MP LAD fund towards relief efforts. Have also donated one month's salary towards the Central Relief Fund. United we stand!!" said Gambhir.
Earlier, Gambhir had said during a statement that his foundation was distributing food packets to poor people in his constituency. The statement also said that in the lockdown, 2,000 packets of food were being prepared and distributed by the foundation and efforts were being made in order that nobody should have to be compelled to worry about food at the time period.
Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju also said that he has donated Rs one crore from his MPLAD fund. Taking to Twitter, Rijiju wrote: "I am depositing the fund now. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given a call to every BJP MPs to provide Rs 1 crore from their MPLADS Fund to the National Relief Fund in the fight against coronavirus."
Currently, 819 active COVID-19 cases have got reported across the country and therefore the pandemic has claimed 19 lives. Globally, the pandemic has taken around 30,000 lives