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New Delhi: 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.

On Saturday, Modi announced setting up of the Prime Minister’s Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situations Fund (PM-CARES) to deal with the coronavirus pandemic.

A number of union ministers, private entities, industrialists and government organisations have responded to the prime minister’s announcement and contributed to the fund.

So far, India has recorded a total of 979 positive cases of coronavirus and 25 deaths.

“I have decided to donate my one month’s salary to the PM-CARES Fund. You can also contribute in this fund and strengthen India’s resolve to fight against the menace of COVID-19,” the defence minister said.

Singh said he has also asked the Chairman MPLADS (Members of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme) to release Rs 1 crore to the PM-CARES Fund.

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A defence ministry spokesperson said Singh has approved a proposal for contribution of one day’s salary by employees of the ministry to the Fund.

“It is estimated that around Rs 500 crore will be collectively provided by the Defence Ministry to the Fund from various wings, including Army, Navy, Air Force, Defence PSUs and others,” he said.

The employees’ contribution is voluntary and those desirous of opting out will be exempted.


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  1. Where are the contribution from MPs and MLAs who have all declared 100s of crores in assets in their election declaration?. Can’t they contribute a years salary for such cause?
    The Netas who need to lead by example are missing in action. What a shame. Let PM & President start with their contribution announcements maybe others will follow.

  2. Where are the contribution from MPs and MLAs who have all declared 100s of crores in assets in their election declaration?. Can’t they contribute a years salary for such cause?
    The Netas who need to lead by example are missing in action. What a shame. Let PM & President start with their contribution announcements.

  3. They should stop buying weapons worth billions of dollars. Rather than showing fake concern by donating one day salary. Every year plundering the nation’s money through biggest defence budget, while advertising a single day’s salary, that too under sudden pandemic crisis.

    • What have you done in helping controlling the spread….if we don’t update our defenses how will you be able to sleep peacefully..even a soldier wants peace but then what if our enemies make it into the country. Now we just have a lockdown , then we will have to die … please do your research . Just don’t go on saying what ever comes to your mind.
      Jai hind
      Jai Shree ram

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