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Akshay Kumar, Virat Kohli, Mukesh Ambani pledge support to PM CARES to help fight Covid-19

Bollywood actors, sports personalities and corporate moguls — several celebrities contributed to Prime Minister Modi's PM CARES fund to aid the fight against Covid-19.

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New Delhi: From Akshay Kumar to Virat Kohli, celebrities across the board have announced donations to the newly set up PM CARES fund to contribute to the fight against the coronavirus pandemic, which has claimed more than 30 lives across the country.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi set up a public charitable trust, PM CARES or Prime Minister’s Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situations on 28 March to enable individual contributions by citizens against Covid-19. While Prime Minister Modi is the chairman of the trust, the members include Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Home Minister Amit Shah And Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman.

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Bollywood Actors

Bollywood actors Alia Bhatt, Katrina Kaif, Anushka Sharma, Sonam Kapoor, Kriti Sanon, Sara Ali Khan and Priyanka Chopra pledged their support to the PM CARES fund. Producer and director Karan Johar also contributed to the fund. However, they did not disclose the amount they donated.

Actor Akshay Kumar pledged Rs 25 crore to the PM CARES fund, while Vicky Kaushal and Kartik Aaryan announced that they would both be donating Rs 1 crore each to the fund. Actor Varun Dhawan said that he will be donating Rs 30 lakh.

Shilpa Shetty, along with husband Raj Kundra, also pledged Rs 25 lakh in the fight against coronavirus.

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Corporate support 

The Indian corporate sector was also not far behind.

Union Coal Minister Pralhad Joshi announced Tuesday that state-owned companies Coal India Limited and NLC India will donate Rs 220 crore and Rs 25 crore respectively to the PM CARES fund.

Gautam Adani, chairman of business conglomerate Adani Group, also announced a contribution of Rs 100 crore Sunday.

In a statement, Reliance Industries Limited, headed by Mukesh Ambani, pledged Rs 500 crore to the emergency relief fund set up by PM Narendra Modi.

“We are confident that India will conquer the coronavirus crisis sooner rather than later. The entire Reliance Industries team is with the nation in this hour of crisis and will do everything to win this battle against Covid-19,” said Ambani.

Engineering and construction giant Larsen & Toubro also announced a Rs 150 crore donation to the fund. Kotak Mahindra Bank, along with managing director Uday Kotak, pledged Rs 50 crore to the prime ministers relief fund.

Sportspersons contribute to fight as well

Minister of State for Sports Kiren Rijiju announced that the employees of the Sports Authority of India had raised Rs 76 lakh for the PM CARES Fund by donating a part of their salaries.

Along with them, cricketers Rohit Sharma and Suresh Raina also donated Rs 45 lakh and Rs 31 lakh to the fund respectively. “We need the country back on [its] feet & the onus is on us,” said Sharma while announcing the donation.

While Indian Mens Cricket team captain Virat Kohli also announced his support to the fund, he did not disclose the amount he would be donating.

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