Cricketer-turned-politician Gautam Gambhir on Thursday said he has decided to contribute his two years’ salary as an MP to the Prime Minister-CARES fund to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic sweeping through the country. Also Read - For Now, Priority is to Stay Safe From COVID-19: Sushil Kumar
The BJP’s Lok Sabha member from East Delhi made the announcement on his Twitter page, urging people to come forward and donate generously. Also Read - Goa Lockdown News: 'Complete Lockdown' in State on These Days; Janata Curfew From Today Till August 10, Check Timings Here
“People ask what can their country do for them. The real question is what can you do for your country? I am donating my 2 year’s salary to #PMCaresFund. You should come forward too,” Gambhir said. Also Read - Bihar BJP Chief Tests Coronavirus Positive; Wife, Mother Infected Too
Gambhir had earlier pledged a month’s salary for the cause and also released Rs 1 crore from his MPLAD fund.
The COVID-19 pandemic has led to 50 deaths in the country as per official estimates with close to 2,000 people infected by the deadly virus, which has claimed over 40,000 lives worldwide.
From BCCI president Sourav Ganguly to former India Sachin Tendulkar, sportsmen and athletes have contributed in whichever way they could to fight the pandemic.
Meanwhile, most of the sporting events have been canceled due to the coronavirus outbreak.
(With PTI inputs)