New Delhi: At this time of corona crisis, President Ram Nath Kovind on Thursday decided to forego 30% of his salary for a year, a statement from Rashtrapati Bhawan said. The decision from the President comes after he contributed one month’s salary to the PM-CARES Fund in March. Also Read - Working From Office in Lockdown 5.0? Follow These Guidelines
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“Shorter guest list at ceremonies, banquets, fewer flowers, reduced menu are among austerity measures due to COVID-19 situation,” the statement from Rashtrapati Bhawan said. Also Read - Lockdown 5.0: As States Get to Decide Guidelines, Madhya Pradesh Extends Lockdown Till June 15, Religious Places Not Opening
Moreover, President Kovind has asked Rashtrapati Bhavan officials to economise expenditure and dovetail saved money to combat COVID-19 crisis.
On Wednesday, the Central government decided to allocate Rs 3,100 crore from PM CARES Fund for the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic and the amount will be used to purchase ventilators and caring for migrant workers.
The Prime Minister’s Office said that out of the Rs 3,100 crore, nearly Rs 2,000 crore will be earmarked for the purchase of Made-in-India ventilators and Rs 1,000 crore for care of migrant labourers.
Another Rs 100 crore will be given to support coronavirus vaccine development efforts, a PMO statement said.
Earlier, PM Modi had announced creation of the PM’s Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situations Fund (PM-CARES) where people can contribute to help the government fight against coronavirus and similar distressing situations.
Formed on March 27, the PM CARES Fund Trust is being headed by PM MOdi. The other ex-officio members of the trust are defence minister, home minister and finance minister.