Following the declaration of Rs 1,000 crore additional assistance to the cyclone Fani-affected Odisha by the Centre, the state has now got helping hands from spiritual leaders, politicians, celebrities to cricketers.
The ‘extremely severe cyclone’ Fani, which made landfall in Puri district of Odisha on May 3, caused unprecedented havoc in the State claiming several lives. People from all quarters have come forward to lend a helping hand to rebuild Odisha.
Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama has donated Rs 10 lakh from the Dalai Lama Trust. Actor Akshay Kumar has reportedly donated Rs 1 crore to the CM relief fund to help the cyclone-affected people. However, there is no official confirmation about it.
CM Naveen Patnaik has announced to donate his one year’s salary to the chief minister’s relief fund towards the cause. Union minister Dharmendra Pradhan has also donated his one month’s salary towards the cause.
Sprinter Dutee Chand also donated Rs 50,000. Two minor girls from a less affected area, Bargarh in Western Odisha, donated their piggy bank savings amounting to Rs 10,000 to the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund.
As per official sources, the government of Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh have donated Rs 10 crore each while the Chhattisgarh government has donated Rs 11 crore while the Uttarakhand government donated Rs 5 crore towards the cause.
On the other hand, Bollywood celebrities like Abhishek Bachchan, Rajkumar Rao, Tiger Shroff, Disha Patani, Varun Dhawan, Boman Irani, Terence Lewis, Tamannaah Bhatia, and Kapil Sharma urged their fans to donate for the cyclone-hit Odisha.
Adani Ports donated Rs 25 crore, whereas ICICI bank and IMFA Group have given Rs 10 crore and Rs 95 lakh to the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund.