BH CORRESPONDENT, Kolkata: Eden Gardens curator Sujan Mukherjee will donate one month’s salary to the West Bengal State Emergency Relief Fund to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) has said. CAB had already committed a sum of Rs 25 lakh, while president Avishek Dalmiya has also donated Rs 5 lakh for the cause. Mukherjee has also requested CAB to donate his one month’s salary to West Bengal Emergency Relief Fund,” the CAB said in a statement.
Inspired Dalmiya’s appeal to come forward and join in the fight against coronavirus, many members and units also announced donations. Among them are Barasat ground curator Goutam Sur who donated Rs 50,000, while former Bengal pacer Shib Shankar Paul chipped in with Rs 25,000.
CAB tournament committee member Deepanshu Ghoshal personally contributed Rs 1 lakh to the West Bengal State Emergency Relief Fund. Cricket Club of Bhawanipore announced a donation of Rs 50,000, while the Calcutta University Institute pledged for Rs 10,001.
Athlete Hima Das on Saturday announced that she will be contributing a month’s salary to the Assam government’s Assam Arogya Nidhi Account, which has been made to safeguard the health of people in the wake of COVID19.
Shuttler PV Sindhu, who is from Hyderabad, pledged to donate Rs 5 lakh each to her home states of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. She tweeted that she’ll be giving the money to the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund to fight COVID19 in each of these states.
Earlier in the day, cricketer Suresh Raina pledged Rs 54 lakh for the cause.
On Saturday, the total number of active cases in the country rose to 819, while 80 patients have been cured and discharged.