Megastar Amitabh Bachchan has said he has pledged at least Rs 15 crore till date in India’s fight against the coronavirus pandemic and will not hesitate to contribute more from his “personal funds” if the need arises.
Less than a day after the actor gave a detailed response to his detractors who called out celebrities on social media for not helping people amid the grave health crisis in the country, Bachchan took to his blog to give an update on his philanthropic work.
On Sunday night, Manjinder Singh Sirsa, president of the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee, tweeted that the veteran star had donated Rs 2 crore to Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur COVID Care Centre at New Delhi’s Gurdwara Rakab Ganj Sahib to combat the virus in the national capital.
“In this battle against this virus, many have contributed and continue to be resolved in more ..the mention in the information circles resounds with the 2 cr that I donated for the care Centre in Delhi for the moment ..but as days go by the figure of my personal contribution and donation shall be about 15 crore rupees …
“Of course such figures are beyond my means, but I work and labour and resolve to dig into my earnings for those that need it most and with the kindness of the Almighty have been able to give this amount,” Bachchan, 78, shared in a post on late Monday night.
His charitable work was “not about trumpeting my ‘wares’,” the “Gulabo Sitabo” actor said.
“If I am able to harness some more of my personal funds I shall not hesitate to contribute more ..AND there are those colleagues and friends that have run into difficult times financially …they too have been given funds to tide over some of the trouble they find themselves in ..”If at all it can be a motivation for many others to come forward and donate, the amount of misery that one hears and sees could be greatly reduced …” the “Kaun Banega Crorepati” host added.
Bachchan further informed that the centre at Rakab Ganj Sahib will soon “bring relief to the extraneous conditions that we are struggling with”.
The 20 ventilators he had ordered from overseas have started to arrive, he said. (PTI)