Kiren Rijiju donates one-month salary for country's fight against COVID-19

The union sports minister donated his one-month salary after PM Modi’s directive to all BJP MPs to contribute Rs one crore from MPLAD funds.

Kiren Rijiju said the contributions made by citizens will make India healthier in the future.   -  Getty Images

The union sports minister Kiren Rijiju on Saturday donated his one-month salary after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s directive to all BJP MPs to contribute Rs one crore from MPLAD funds in the country’s fight against COVID-19 pandemic.

“PM Narendra Modi ji announced PMCares Fund to strengthen disaster management capacities and to encourage research on protecting citizens. 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 wrote on his Facebook page.

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“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.”

The country is under a 21-day lockdown to contain the spread of the deadly virus that has claimed nearly 25,000 lives globally.