Prime Minister Narendra Modi has so far donated over Rs 103 crore for public causes such as girl child education to cleaning of the Ganga.
In fact, PM Modi donated the initial corpus of Rs 2.25 lakh from his personal wealth for setting-up of the PM-CARES Fund. The fund accumulated under PM-CARES has been used for combating the coronavirus pandemic in the state.
According to officials of the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), PM Modi has a long legacy of contributing to public causes. The officials added that his donations for combating these issues have already surpassed Rs 103 crore.
PM Modi’s donations
In 2019, PM Modi donated Rs 21 lakh from his personal savings to a corpus fund for the welfare of sanitation workers at the Kumbh Mela. The Kumbh Mela in 2019 was held in Uttar Pradesh’s Prayagraj.
After receiving the Seoul Peace Prize in South Korea, PM Modi donated the entire prize money of Rs 1.3 crore for cleaning the Ganga.
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He donated another Rs 3.40 crore fetched in an auction of his mementos to the river-cleaning mission. Rs 8.35 crore raised in an auction of gifts PM Modi had received in 2015 also went to the Namami Gange Mission, PMO officials said.
On completing his tenure as the chief minister of Gujarat, he had donated ₹ 21 lakh from his own savings for educating daughters of Gujarat government staff.
He raised Rs 89.96 crore by auctioning all the gifts he received while he was chief minister. He donated the amount to the Kanya Kelavani Fund, which helps girl children for their education.
PM CARES established on March 28
The Centre had on March 28 set up the Prime Minister’s Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situations (PM CARES) Fund with the primary objective to deal with any kind of emergency situation like the one currently posed by the COVID-19 outbreak and provide relief to those affected.
In fact, the prime minister is the ex-officio chairman of the fund and the ministers of defence, home and finance are its ex-officio trustees.
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