New Delhi: Taking a swift initiative for funding to combat the coronavirus crisis, the Shiv Sena government on Friday announced that all MPs and MLAs of the party will contribute their one month’s salary to the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund. Also Read - CRPF Moves Ailing Man to Chandigarh After Airlifting Him From Rajouri
In India, Maharashtra, that has the highest toll of positive cases, has been struggling to contain the spread of the viral infection despite a stringent lockdown. Out of 700 cases in the country, the western state alone has over 130 cases. Also Read - Mamata Ropes in Abhijit Banerjee on COVID-19 Advisory Panel For West Bengal
The step was first taken by Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari, who donated his month’s salary for the assistance of people affected by coronavirus in the state. He had requested all officers and staff of Raj Bhavan to donate their one day salary to the CMRF for the same purpose. Also Read - PM Modi Speaks to Bahrain King, Discusses COVID-19 Situation, Financial Markets
Earlier, Mumbai-based billionaire Mukesh Ambani announced that his company, Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) provided an initial support of Rs 5 crore to the CMRF to help fight the deadly outbreak. The company had also boosted its production capacity, making 100,000 masks a large number of protective equipments (suits and garments) for sanitation workers on a daily basis.
Besides, RIL in collaboration with Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) also set up a dedicated 100-bed centre at Mumbai’s Seven Hills Hospital for patients who test positive for COVID-19.