The actor donated Rs 50 lakh each to the two government relief funds and Rs 25 lakh to FEFSI.

Ajith donates Rs 125 cr for COVID-19 relief to Centre state and film industry
Coronavirus Coronavirus Tuesday, April 07, 2020 - 17:49

Actor Ajith on April 7 made donations to national and state relief funds set by the Central and state governments. The actor donated Rs 50 lakh each to PM CARES (Prime Minister’s Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situations) Fund and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister’s Relief Fund. He also donated Rs 25 lakh to the Film Employees Federation of South India (FEFSI).

The actor is among the first to make donations to the relief funds set up by the government to fight the spread of novel coronavirus. Others who have contributed to TN CM’s Relief Fund include the state’s main opposition party, DMK, that has donated Rs 1 crore. DMK MP from Thoothukudi, Kanimozhi, too has donated Rs 1 crore from her Member of Parliament Local Area Development (MPLADS) Funds.

Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit had donated Rs 1 crore each to the CM Relief Fund and to the PM CARES Fund. FEFSI President RK Selvamani on March 23 made an open call for donations to help sustain daily wage labourers who will be hard hit because of the lockdown. Actor Rajinikanth had announced that he will be donating Rs 50 lakh to the relief fund set up by the film body. Actors Sivakumar, Suriya and Karthi together, Vijay Sethupathi and Sivakarthikeyan have donated Rs 10 lakh each.

In states like Kerala and Karnataka, people have urged contributors to make donations to the CM’s Relief Fund rather than PM CARES since the respective state governments are the immediate implementing agencies.

Read: PM CARES vs CM Relief Funds: Why there is a debate on who should get donations

Ajith was last seen in Nerkonda Paarvai directed by H Vinoth. The film was the official Tamil remake of the Hindi film Pink and was produced by Boney Kapoor. The actor’s next too is with the same director-producer team and is titled Valimai.