India’s Test team vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane has donated Rs 10 lakh to the Maharastra Chief Minister’s Relief Fund for the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. Also Read - Income Tax Department Extends ITR Filing Deadline For Financial Year 2019-20 Till November 30
This was confirmed to PTI on Sunday by a source close to Rahane, who joins the list of sportspersons who have contributed towards the fight against the pandemic. Also Read - 'Money Can Buy You Anything Except Common Sense': Twitter Facepalms as Pune Man Buys Mask of Gold Worth Rs 2.89 Lakhs
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Batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar has donated Rs 50 lakh, while former India player Suresh Raina has chipped in with Rs 52 lakh.
Meanwhile, cricketer-turned-politician Gautam Gambhir also donated Rs 1 Cr towards the Coronavirus relief Fund.
Earlier, Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju also said that he has donated Rs one crore from his MPLAD fund. Taking to Twitter, Rijiju wrote: “I am depositing the amount now. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given a call to all BJP MPs to give Rs 1 crore from their MPLADS Fund to the National Relief Fund in fight against coronavirus.”
Currently, India have 819 active COVID-19 cases which has been reported across the country and the pandemic has claimed 19 lives. Globally, the pandemic has claimed around 30,000 lives.
The deadly virus has also affected the sporting calendar as most major events have been canceled or postponed.