New Delhi: Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Sunday expressed gratitude to paramilitary forces personnel for contributing their one-day salary to PM CARES fund which has been launched to fight the coronavirus pandemic in the country. Also Read - Fighting COVID-19: Bhushan Kumar Donates Rs 11 cr to PM CARES Fund And Rs 1 cr to CM Relief Fund

“On the appeal of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, to combat COVID-19, all paramilitary forces personnel have contributed their one-day salary (total Rs 116 crores) to PM CARES fund. I express my gratitude to all,” Home Minister Amit Shah said in a tweet. Also Read - COVID 19: CBSE Employees to Contribute Rs 21 Lakh For PM CARES Fund

A day after PM Modi announced the PM CARES fund for the coronavirus crisis, 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.

In a separate announcement, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh also said that he will donate one month’s salary to the fund as well.

“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.

To fight the COVID-19 together, a number of union ministers, private entities, industrialists and government organisations have responded to the PM’s announcement and have contributed to the fund.

As per updates from the health ministry, the country so far has recorded a total of 979 positive cases and 25 deaths.

Home Minister Shah on Saturday urged citizens to join hands and make monetary contributions to the emergency fund launched by PM Modi.

“Time and again we Indians have set an example for the world on how to come together in adverse situations,” the Home Minister said, adding, “Let us join hands in this fight against COVID-19 and contribute to PM CARES fund launched by PM @narendramodi ji.”

On the other hand, the Centre has also asked the state governments and Union Territory administrations to utilise Rs 29,000 crore State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF) for providing food and shelter to migrant workers hit by the 21-day lockdown.