The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has decided to donate ₹51 crore to the Prime Ministers Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situations Fund (PM-CARES Fund). According to a board official who chose to remain anonymous, secretary Jay Shah, on Saturday, had a discussion with the members as well as the state associations and agreed to contribute the declared sum to help the country in its fight against the Covid-19 pandemic.
“The outbreak of 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 announced via a press release yesterday.
“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,”
— Jay Shah (@JayShah) March 28, 2020
“The Board along with its state associations will continue to monitor and work closely with the Government of India, state governments and other state regulatory bodies and are committed to providing support to the state machinery in the face of adversity” the statement read.
According to various reports, the country’s main cricket association will contribute ₹35 crore – while the 32 state associations will donate ₹50 lakh each. A state association office-bearer added that the donation will be contributed to the PM-CARES Fund as the amount will be “over and above the earlier contribution announcements”.
Meanwhile, the Indian cricketers too have come forward to donate during the ongoing crisis. On Saturday, middle-order batsman Suresh Raina contributed ₹52 lakh to the Uttar Pradesh Chief Ministers’ relief fund. While master-blaster Sachin Tendulkar donated ₹50 lakh to his state’s Chief Minister relief fund.
Last Tuesday, PM Modi declared a 21-day nationwide lockdown to control the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic in the country. In his address to the nation, the Prime Minister said this is an essential step to fight coronavirus decisively while adding that saving lives is the top priority right now.
He then warned that if the citizens don’t follow a complete lockdown for the coming 21 days, the nation will go back 21 years and many families will be devastated.
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