New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: A COVID-19 relief fund was set up by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to prepare the country for the novel coronavirus that has affected more than 3,000 people and claimed the lives of 77 in India so far. The idea of setting-up a relief fund for the coronavirus outbreak has been supported by several notable personalities, including sportsmen, Bollywood stars, businessmen and many of them have contributed to it to help India in its battle against the novel coronavirus.   

Here's a list of celebs, sports stars, politicians and organisations who have pledged their support to the Prime Minister’s Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situations (PM-CARES) Fund:

Film Industry

Starting from film industry, the B-town celebs stepped forward in following PM Modi’s appeal and donated a share of their incomes to the PM-CARES Fund. Bollywood’s Khiladi Akshay Kumar donated the highest amount in the PM-CARES Fund. He took to Twitter to announce that he "will contribute Rs 25 crore" towards the fund.

"This is that time when all that matters is the lives of of our people. And we need to do anything and everything it takes. I pledge to contribute Rs 25 crores from my savings to Narendra Modiji''s PM-CARES FUND. Let''s save lives, jaan hai toh jahaan hai," Akshay tweeted.

Joining him, Varun Dhawan also pledged to contribute Rs 30 lakh to the relief fund against coronavirus. Varun on his social media wrote, “pledge to contribute 30 lakhs to the PM CARE fund. We will over come this. Desh hai toh hum hain”.

Priyanka Chopra and husband Nick Jonas have contributed to the cause of daily wage workers and their families amid lockdown due to coronavirus outbreak. The couple have donated to various organisations and NGOs including Unicef and Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s PM-Cares fund.

Punjabi singer Guru Randhawa too contributed to the relief fund. He will be donating Rs 20 lakhs to the fund. "I pledge to contribute Rs 20 lacs from my savings to @narendramodi sir''s PM-CARES Fund. Let''s help each other ????, he wrote on his social media.

Baahubali star Prabhas also donated Rs 4 crore to the relief funds against the COVID-19. 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.

Meanwhile comedian Kapil Sharma also pledged to donate Rs 50 lakh to the relief fund to fight the menace of coronavirus. "It's time to stand together with the ones who need us. Contributing Rs 50 lakhs to the PM relief fund towards the #fightagainstcorona. Request everyone to #stayhome #staysafe #jaihind #PMrelieffund @narendramodi," Kapil tweeted.

Bhushan Kumar, who heads film studio T-Series, said he will donate Rs 11 crore.

TV host and actor Maniesh Paul said he will donate Rs 20 lakh and Murad Khetani, the producer of 2019 blockbuster "Kabir Singh", pledged Rs 25 lakh.

Actor Kartik Aaryan on Monday announced that he is making a contribution of Rs 1 crore to the PM-CARES Fund for helping the country battle COVID-19. The actor took to Twitter to make the announcement and also urged people to do their bit.

Katrina Kaif also donated to Maharashtra's CM Relief Fund which will be used to combat the deadly virus. Katrina announced the same on her official Instagram account which had PM-CARES Fund and CM's Relief Fund's logos.

"I pledge to donate to the PM CARES fund and the Chief Minister's Relief Fund Maharashtra. Heartbreaking to see the hardship and suffering this pandemic has unleashed in the world," Katrina captioned the post.

Extending his support in the country's fight against the coronavirus, comedian Bhuvan Bam has donated his entire earnings from the month of March from YouTube. As confirmed by sources, the 26-year-old singer-songwriter has donated Rs 10 lakh to relief initiatives -- 4 lakh to the PM Cares Relief Fund, 4 lakh to the CM Relief Fund, and 2 lakh to the Feeding India initiative. Besides contributing to the cause, Bhuvan has also been educating people on the cause.

Bollywood actors and power couple Kareena Kapoor Khan and Saif Ali Khan along with their little munchkin Taimur have pledged to donate money in order to combat the outbreak of novel coronavirus. The 39-year-old actor took to Instagram on Tuesday and shared that she and her husband Saif are going to donate towards helping the people suffering from the pandemic. However, Kareena didn't revealed the amount for donation. 

Bollywood actor Vicky Kaushal is donating Rs 1 crore to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's relief fund and Chief Minister's (Maharashtra) relief fund, to lend support to the ongoing battle with COVID-19 pandemic.Vicky on Tuesday took to Instagram, where he shared a note that read: "While I am blessed enough to be seated with my loved ones in the comfortsof my home, there are many who are not as fortunate. "In this time of crisis, I humbly pledge to contribute an amount of Rs. 1 crore to PM-CARES and Maharashtra Chief Minister Relief Fund. We are in this together and we'll win this together. Let us all do our bit for a healthier and stronger future."

Legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar on Tuesday said she will contribute an amount of Rs 25 lakhs to Maharashtra Chief Minister's relief fund to combat the coronavirus crisis. The veteran singer has joined the growing list of names from the entertainment industry to support the country in the fight against COVID-19.

Earlier, singer Adnan Sami had on Monday announced his support and contribution to the Chief Minister's Relief Fund, without disclosing the amount.

Superstar Shah Rukh Khan and his group companies have pledged to donate to a number of relief funds, including the PM-Cares and the Maharashtra Chief Minister's Relief Fund. He took to Twitter and shared that his companies -- Kolkata Knight Riders, Red Chillies Entertainment, Meer Foundation and Red Chillies VFX -- are taking several initiatives to support the relief efforts.

"In these times its imp to make everyone around u working tirelessly for u.. not related to u.. perhaps even unknown to u... to feel they are not alone and by themselves. Let's just make sure we all do our little bit to look after each other. India and all Indians are One Family," he tweeted.

Sports Stars

Apart from Bollywood celebs, Indian sports fraternity also joined the race to raise funds to fight the coronavirus menace. Among the cricketers, batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar donated Rs 50 lakh to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.

"Sachin Tendulkar decided to contribute Rs 25 lakh each to Prime Minister's Relief Fund and Chief Minister's Relief Fund in his bid to join the fight against COVID-19. It was his decision that he wanted to contribute to both funds," a source privy to the development, told PTI.

India's richest sporting body, the BCCI, on Saturday pledged a donation of Rs 51 crore to the Prime Minister's Relief Fund in country's fight against COVID-19 pandemic.

Among other prominent cricketers, the Pathan brothers -- Irfan and Yusuf -- donated 4000 face masks to Baroda police and health department while the former World Cup winning captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, through a Pune based NGO, made a contribution of Rs 1 lakh.

Former Indian batsman and Lok Sabha MP Gautam Gambhir said that he has released Rs 1 crore out of his MP Local Area Development Scheme (MPLADS) towards the relief efforts amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Meanwhile, Suresh Raina also contributed to the relief funds to fight the coronavirus. Stepping up in the times of need, Raina donated Rs 52 lakh to combat the deadly coronavirus. “It’s time we all do our bit to help defeat #COVID19. I’m pledging Rs 52 lakh for the fight against #Corona Rs31 lakh to the  PM-CARES Fund & Rs 21 lakh to the UP CM’s Disaster Relief Fund). Please do your bit too. Jai Hind”, Raina tweeted.

Star India batsman Rohit Sharma has donated Rs 80 lakh to fight the rapidly-spreading COVID-19 pandemic, saying the onus is on the citizens to help the country get back on its feet. Rohit has donated Rs 45 lakh and Rs 25 lakh to the and CM's Relief Fund (Maharashtra) respectively. He has given Rs 5 lakh to 'Zomato Feeding India', which is helping families affected by the ongoing national lockdown, and another Rs 5 lakh to help aid the welfare of stray dogs. 

Former Indian cricketer Anil Kumble on Tuesday made a contribution to the PM-CARES and Karnataka's Chief Minister relief fund to 'bowl out' coronavirus. Kumble took to Twitter and wrote: "To bowl out #Covid19India we all need to come together and fight this battle. I have made my humble contributions to #PMCaresFund #PMNRF and #CMReliefFund @PMOIndia @narendramodi @CMofKarnataka @BSYBJP Please do #StaySafeStayHome."

Among athletes from other disciplines, wrestler Bajrang Punia, sprinter Hima Das and shuttler PV Sindhu are some of the prominent names to have donated their salaries in the battle against the dreaded virus which has led to a 21-day national lockdown.

Das will be donating her salary to Assam's COVID-19 relief fund. "Friends it's high time to stand together and support people who need us. I am contributing 1 month of my salary to Assam government in Assam Arogya Nidhi Account made to safeguard the health of people in the wake of COVID-19," she tweeted.

PV Sindhu has also donated a sum of Rs 10 lakh to combat the spread of coronavirus. Sindhu has donated Rs 5 lakh each to Andhra Pradesh and Telangana Chief Minister Relief Funds in fight against COVID-19  pandemic."I hereby donate an amount of Rs 5,00,000/- each (Rs five lakhs) towards the "Chief Ministers Relief Fund" for the states of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh to fight against COVID-19," she tweeted.

Star wrestler Bajrang Punia, who works as an OSD in Railways, has already donated his six months' salary to Haryana coronavirus relief fund.

Indian skipper Virat Kohli and his actor wife Anushka Sharma on Monday pledged to extend their support to the PM-CARES and CM's Relief Fund of Maharashtra to combat the coronavirus threat in the country. Taking to Twitter Kohli wrote, "Anushka and I are pledging our support towards PM-CARES Fund & the Chief Minister's Relief Fund (Maharashtra). Our hearts are breaking looking at the suffering of so many & we hope our contribution, in some way, helps easing the pain of our fellow citizens #IndiaFightsCorona." However, the cricketer did not reveal the amount that he will donate.

Asian Games gold medal-winning javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra on Tuesday said he has donated a total of Rs 3 lakh to the central and Haryana state relief funds to combat the COVID-19 pandemic in the country."I have donated a sum of Rs 2 Lakh to #PMCARES fund and Rs 1 Lakh to the Haryana Covid Relief Fund. I hope we all can come together in our own individual capacities to bring relief during this time and help our nation overcome this pandemic," Neeraj said in a tweet.

BJP MP and former cricketer Gautam Gambhir on Thursday said that he will donate his two year's salary to PM-CARES Fund to support the battle against coronavirus pandemic in the country.

"People ask what can their country do for them. The real question is what can you do for your country? I am donating my 2 year's salary to #PMCaresFund. You should come forward too! @narendramodi @JPNadda @BJP4Delhi #IndiaFightsCorona," Gambhir tweeted.

The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) has also decided to contribute a sum of Rs 71,14,000 to the PM-CARES 

Businessmen/Conglomerates

Billionaire Gautam Adani announced a Rs 100-crore contribution by his group's philanthropy arm to the fund, joining Tata Group, Reliance Industries and other corporates who have come forward to support the fight against the pandemic.

Tata Sons and Tata Trusts have pledged to contribute Rs 1,500 crore for the cause while Reliance Industries had made an initial contribution of Rs 5 crore besides opening India's first COVID-19 hospital in Mumbai.

The JSW Group said it will extend a financial assistance of Rs 100 crore to combat the deadly virus.

The Sajjan Jindal-led group will provide equipment to healthcare workers and its employees will donate one day's salary.

Private sector lender Kotak Mahindra Bank and its Managing Director Uday Kotak announced a Rs 60-crore donation. The bank will donate Rs 25 crore to PM Cares Fund and Rs 10 crore to Maharashtra Chief Minister's Relief Fund, it said in a tweet.

ITC Ltd said that it is setting up a contingency fund of Rs 150 crore for vulnerable sections of the society in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak. The corpus is created to address and manage the challenges arising out of the adversity, a company statement said. 

The Vedanta group also announced an amount of Rs 100 crore to relief fund. Vedanta chairman Anil Agarwal announced his decision and said that the company has pledged an amount of Rs 100 crores to fight the pandemic of coronavirus that has hit the nation.

Apart from this, India’s richest man Mukesh Ambani decided to produce 1 lakh masks per day, free fuel to emergency vehicles carrying the coronavirus patients and fee meals to needy people to support the affected people. Besides these measures, the Reliance chairman also announced Rs 5 core support to Maharashtra CM relief fund. The Reliance Industries had also set up India’s first coronavirus dedicated hospital in Mumbai.  

To support the fight against COVID-19 pandemic, India's leading digital payments and financial services platform Paytm on Sunday said it is aiming to contribute Rs 500 crore to the PM CARES Fund.Urging users to do their bit in the fight against Covid-19, the company said that for every contribution or any other payment made on Paytm using the wallet, UPI and Paytm Bank debit card, the company will contribute an extra up to Rs 10.

Private sector lender Kotak Mahindra Bank and its managing director Uday Kotak on Sunday announced a Rs 60 crore donation to fight coronavirus pandemic.

The bank will be donating Rs 25 crore to the "PM Cares Fund" and Rs 10 crore to Maharashtra Chief Minister's Relief Fund for COVID-19, it said in a tweet. Uday Kotak, the wealthiest banker in the country, will be donating Rs 25 crore to the "PM Cares Fund", another tweet said.

OPPO Mobiles has become India’s first smartphone manufacturer to extend a helping hand in the fight against the novel coronavirus. The company has contributed Rs 1 crore in aggregate towards the Prime Minister’s National relief fund and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister’s Distress Relief Fund to ensure the well-being of frontline workers fighting the virus outbreak.

Jindal Steel and Power is making an immediate contribution of Rs 25 crores to PM Cares Fund, to fight Coronavirus Pandemic.

Larsen & Toubro Limited(L&T) has committed Rs 150 crores to the PM-Cares Fund to support the fight against COVID-19.

The HDFC Group has also decided to contribute to the PM-CARES Fund to support the government for its relief and rehabilitation measures towards the ongoing COVID-19 epidemic. 

Government Bodies

The Army, Navy and the Indian Air Force as well as employees of the defence ministry have decided to donate one day's salary totalling around Rs 500 crore to the relief fund announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to help fight the coronavirus outbreak in the country. Separately, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh announced that he will donate one month's salary to the fund.

The ruling BJP has announced that all its MPs will contribute a month's salary to the cause. With Modi's decision to set up this fund, all donations from his party leaders will likely go towards it, a person familiar with the matter said.

The party has also asked all its MPs, 303 in Lok Sabha and 83 in Rajya Sabha, to sanction Rs one crore from the annual Rs five-crore MP Local Area Development Scheme.

The Central Board of Secondary Education has donated Rs 21 lakh, collected from its employees who it said has volunteered to contribute, to the fund.

Home Minister Amit Shah said in a tweet that the Central Armed Police Forces contributed Rs 116 crore, a total of one-day salary of its personnel.

Various ministries said employees' contribution is voluntary and those not keen on it may opt out.

PFC pledges Rs 200 cr under to PM CARES Fund to fight COVID-19. State-run REC contributes Rs 150 cr to PM CARES fund

Biju Janata Dal MP Sasmit Patra has donated his one-month salary to Prime Minister's Relief Fund and allocated Rs 1 crore from Members of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme (MPLAD) fund to the Central government for fighting the battle against COVID-19.

The Border Security Force (BSF) has joined hands with others in the fight against the novel coronavirus pandemic by contributing Rs 33.28 crore to the PM-CARES Fund.

National Green Tribunal (NGT) Chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel has contributed Rs 50,000 to the PM-CARES Fund to aid the nation's fight against COVID-19.

The Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL) has also contributed Rs 9.02 crores to PM-CARES fund. "Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL) has contributed Rs 9.02 crores to PM CARES fund to fight COVID-19. The amount includes a one-day salary of employees of BDL and the funds under CSR," the Ministry of Defence said.

The officials and staff of the Supreme Court have donated more than Rs 1 crore to the PM-CARES fund to help in the country's fight against coronavirus pandemic.

The All India Institute of Medical Sciences in the national capital has appealed to all its faculty, officers and staff to contribute one day's salary to Prime Minister's Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situation (PM-CARES) fund to combat coronavirus.

"It has been decided to appeal to all the faculty/officers/staff members to contribute one day salary to Prime Minister's Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situation Fund to aid the government effort to fight the COVID-19 pandemic," AIIMS said in an appeal.

(With Agencies Inputs)

Posted By: Talib Khan