BH CORRESPONDENT, Kolkata: West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee today donated Rs 5 lakh to Prime Minister’s relief fund and Rs 5 lakh West Bengal state emergency relief fund amid the 21-day nationwide in the country.
Mamata said she is contributing out of her limited source as she doesn’t take MLA or chief minister salary and she had also foregone her MP pension. Mamata said that her primary source of income comes from her “creative pursuits”, like the royalties which she generated from her music and books.
“I do not take any salary as an MLA or a Chief Minister & I have also foregone my MP Pension despite being a 7-time Member of the Parliament. I come from limited means. My primary source of income is from my creative pursuits, the royalties I generate from my music & books. (1/2),” she tweeted.
In the second tweet she announced her pledge to the relief funds.
Out of my limited resources, I am contributing Rs. 5 lakhs to the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund & another Rs. 5 lakhs to the West Bengal State Emergency Relief Fund in an attempt to support our country’s efforts in fighting the COVID-19. (2/2)
— Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) March 31, 2020
In the wake of coronavirus outbreak in the country, Modi announce a nationwide lockdown on March 24 to curb the spread of the virus in the country. Later, PM Modi asked the citizens of the country to contribute money to Prime Minister’s Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situations Fund (PM CARES) to help out the nation in the ongoing crisis.
Since the outbreak, Mamata has taken some strict measures to combat the spread of the virus. She had imposed state lockdown even before PM announced the nationwide shutdown. Earlier, she was seen drawing circles with chalk, bricks near roadside fruit sellers in Kolkata to make people understand the need for social distancing in this time of crisis.