Coronavirus Outbreak: Pawan Kalyan donates Rs 1 cr to relief fund; Bollywood pledges support to daily wage workers
Pawan Kalyan has also announced Rs 50 lakh each to the CM Relief Fund of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana
Telugu film star and Jana Sena Party president Pawan Kalyan on Thursday announced a donation of Rs one crore to the Prime Minister's Relief Fund for COVID-19 relief measures.
He also announced another Rs 50 lakh each to the CM Relief Fund of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, the party said in a release.
Check out his post here
I will be donating Rs.1 crore to PM relief fund to support our https://t.co/83OmZ9biYX Sri @narendramodi ji,in turbulent times like this. His exemplary and inspiring leadership would truly bring our country from this Corona pandemic.
— Pawan Kalyan (@PawanKalyan) March 26, 2020
I will be donating Rs.50 Lakhs each to both AP and Telangana CM relief funds to fight against Corona pandemic. — Pawan Kalyan (@PawanKalyan) March 26, 2020
Ramcharan, who recently joined Twitter, said that he was inspired by Kalyan, and will be donating Rs 70 lakh to the central and state governments of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh to deal with the ongoing health crisis.
Hope this tweet finds you in good health. At this hour of crisis, inspired by @PawanKalyan garu, I want to do my bit by contributing to aid the laudable efforts of our governments...
Hope you all are staying safe at home! @TelanganaCMO @AndhraPradeshCM @PMOIndia @KTRTRS pic.twitter.com/Axnx79gTnI
— Ram Charan (@AlwaysRamCharan) March 26, 2020
Filmmaker Karan Johar, actors Taapsee Pannu and Ayushmann Khurrana, have also pledged their support to a new initiative aimed at supporting the daily wage-earners who have been severely affected by the lockdown imposed to combat coronavirus .
The country is witnessing a 21-day lockdown, as announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, to contain the spread of the virus, which has claimed the lives of over 20,000 people globally.
The initiative, I Stand With Humanity, started by organisations -- the International Association for Human Values, the Art of Living Foundation and the Indian Film and TV Industry, will provide families of daily wage workers with 10 days of essential food supplies.
"I pledge to contribute and support this initiative! This is a situation that needs all our help, love, care and support," Karan posted on Twitter.
I pledge to contribute and support this initiative! This is a situation that needs all our help ,love , care and support! 🙏🙏🙏🙏❤️❤️❤️ https://t.co/VNY3Ud5fWk
— Karan Johar (@karanjohar) March 25, 2020
Taapsee said everyone must come forward to help the daily wage workers.
This one for the daily wage workers. Because we need to do our bit for the ones who work with/for us.
If not corona , lack of basic food might take them down. Let’s help them to get through this. pic.twitter.com/kNexQyuJ1w
— taapsee pannu (@taapsee) March 26, 2020
Ayushmann described the initiative as "truly noble".
This is a truly noble initiative. I vow to support this & contribute. India & Indians are under threat & each one of us have the power to make a difference. Lets support and care for each other as much as we can in this time of crisis. https://t.co/sMEIVi1LjM #Istandwithhumanity pic.twitter.com/D8y5Ww2YXq
— Ayushmann Khurrana (@ayushmannk) March 25, 2020
Kiara Advani and Rakul Preet Singh also pledged to contribute towards the initiative.
— Kiara Advani (@advani_kiara) March 26, 2020
Rakul tweeted, "I support this noble initiative. Happy to contribute for this humanitarian cause. While staying safe at home, I urge every one else also to contribute online."
I support this noble initiative. Happy to contribute for this humanitarian cause. While staying safe at home i urge every one else also to contribute online - https://t.co/4ZMxvRadBJ#iStandWithHumanity #ArtOfLiving #BMC pic.twitter.com/zD69gAL1qT
— Rakul Singh (@Rakulpreet) March 26, 2020
"In times like these, we need to step up for the ones in need. I’m happy to contribute for this humanitarian cause. And guys whoever can help, you all can also contribute online," actor Sidharth Malhotra tweeted.
In times like these, we need to step up for the ones in need. I’m happy to contribute for this humanitarian cause. And guys whoever can help, you all can also contribute online - https://t.co/TRmxFSYZtF#iStandWithHumanity#ArtOfLiving#BMC#StayHomeStaySafe pic.twitter.com/Q2bygbLIRN
— Sidharth Malhotra (@SidMalhotra) March 26, 2020
Filmmaker Nitesh Tiwari wrote, "There are a lot of daily wage earners who need our help during this tough time. Please help as much as you can. Here''s the link to contribute online."
Actor Bhumi Pednekar said it was important to get together and help those who are "vulnerable and in need".
We fully support this initiative sir. We have to be compassionate and more humane in such times.Lets get together and help the ones that are vulnerable and in need.
I pledge to contribute https://t.co/Xal0wuIcih#iStandwithHumanity #BMC #ArtOfLiving https://t.co/Xr1YDC15qV
— bhumi pednekar (@bhumipednekar) March 26, 2020
Filmmakers Aanand L Rai and Sanjay Gupta have also backed the cause.
"One of the greatest gift a person can give another, is support. I whole heartily support this noble initiative. While staying safe at home, I urge every one else also to contribute online," Aanand tweeted.
Gupta called upon the public to help the daily wage-earners through the initiative.
On 18 March, the Producers Guild of India had announced that they have set up a relief fund for daily wage-earners impacted by the shutdown of film, television and web productions amid coronavirus pandemic.
Their decision came after many filmmakers, including Sudhir Mishra, Vikramaditya Motwane and Anurag Kashyap, raised concerns over the impact of shutdown on the daily wage workers.
B N Tiwari, President of Federation of Western India Cine Employees (FWICE), however, claimed there has been no help from Bollywood personalities or the Producers Guild of India so far.
"In the South, Rajinikanth has donated Rs 50 lakh which is a great thing. But here, we haven't received any call or help from anyone from Bollywood yet."
"There is one production company called Frames that produces TV shows, they have given ration worth Rs 25 lakh but it is stuck at Navi Mumbai and we haven’t been able to give that to workers as they can’t come here. We are toying with the idea of taking help of police authorities to give the ration to the workers," Tiwari told
(With inputs from Press Trust of India)
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