Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju has announced he will donate a month’s salary towards government’s efforts against fighting coronavirus pandemic. Also Read - EU Stands With India in 'Challenging Time', Modi Says 'Collaboration Essential' to Stop Pandemic

This will be in addition to the contribution of Rs one crore Prime Minister Narendra Modi has directed to all BJP MP’s from MPLAD funds. Also Read - Pressure Mounts on Modi Govt to Impose Nationwide Lockdown; Oppn Says Total Shutdown 'Inevitable' 

In a Facebook post on Saturday, Rijiju encouraged everyone to come forward and make their contributions regardless of the amount. Also Read - PM Dials Chief Ministers Of 4 States To Discuss Covid Situation In Their States. Read Details

“PM Narendra Modi ji announced #PMCares Fund to strengthen disaster management capacities and to encourage research on protecting citizens,” Rijiju wrote. “It accepts micro-donations too. Let us contribute to make India healthier and more prosperous for our future generations. I’ve donated my one month salary.”

Rijiju will be utilising his MPLAD funds to buy medical kits as well. “Also keeping in touch with District Administration and authorized my nodal DC to use my MPLAD funds to purchase emergency medical kits to fight #COVID-19,” he further posted.

From different walks of like, people are coming forward to help the country fight the deadly coronavirus that has resulted in the death of 19 people so far. As of publishing this story, India has registered 918 cases of COVID-19 infections.

Globally, it has infected over 6,50,000 and left more than 30,000 in its wake.

India is currently in the midst of a 21-day lockdown to contain the spread of the coronavirus.