New Delhi: At a time when the whole country is under lockdown in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, these two Members of the Parliament (MPs) have shown their humanitarian side and have come forward to offer their MP Local Area Development (MPLAD) Fund for the purpose. Also Read - Coronavirus: As People 'Refuse' to Follow Instructions, Maharashtra Announces Statewide Curfew
BJP MP from East Delhi Gautam Gambhir on Monday offered to release Rs 50 lakh from his MPLAD Fund for equipment to treat coronavirus patients in Delhi government hospitals. Also Read - Here Are Some Suggestions on How You Could Stop Spread of Coronavirus
Writing a letter to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, the East Delhi MP also offered his help to the government in dealing with the current situation. Also Read - Coronavirus Alert! No Domestic Flight Will Operate in India From Wednesday, Says Govt
“In furtherance of the united effort to save to our city and citizens from this pandemic, I would like to pledge Rs 50 lakh from my MPLAD fund for equipment that may be needed for COVID -19 treatment in state government hospitals,” Gambhir said in the letter to Kejriwal.
The development comes after Delhi recorded 30 cases of coronavirus infection, including one death. As per the announcement from Kejriwal, the national capital is under a lockdown till March 31.
On the other hand, MP from Chandigarh Kirron Kher also made a similar announcement, saying she has released Rs 1 crore from MP Local Area Development Fund (MPLAD) for the ‘purchase of essential items especially ventilators’ by Government Medical College and Hospital, Chandigarh, to curb the virus.
Apart from this, Punjab Cabinet ministers on Monday announced to contribute their one month’s salary to the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund in a fight against coronavirus.
Issuing a statement, the Shiromani Akali Dal said its MPs and MLAs will also contribute their one month’s salary to the relief fund. “A decision to this effect was taken after SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal held discussions with MPs as well members of the legislative wing,” a SAD release said.