Bhubaneswar: A couple of days after donating three months salary to the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund (CMRF) to fight COVID-19, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday placed his MLALAD funds for 2019-20 at the disposal of Ganjam collector for preparedness and prevention in his Hinjili constituency.
Odisha Law Minister Pratap Jena has sanctioned Rs 1 crore from MLALAD fund for Nischintakoili and Mahanga blocks in his constituency.
BJD’s Organisational Secretary and Jajpur MLA Pranab Prakash Das has donated entire funds under MLALAD to fight the deadly virus in his constituency.
Another BJD legislator, Atanu Sabyasachi Nayak has announced to donate three-month salary to the CMRF.
Similarly, BJD MP Amar Patnaik has sanctioned Rs 1 crore from his MPLAD for purchase of equipment for temporary health camps in Sundargarh district.
Rajya Sabha member Sasmit Patra also donated his salary to the cause. “Inspired by Naveen Patnaik donating his three month’s salary March 23, 2020 — which happened to be my birthday- I have donated three month’s salary to the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund. I used the online portal and did this from home,” Patra said.
Odisha IAS Association has also decided to donate one day’s salary to CMRF for COVID-19.
The Odisha Mining Corporation (OMC) has contributed Rs 500 crore to CMRF for supporting the state government’s efforts in containing coronavirus.
The chief minister had earlier appealed to all to donate generously for the COVID-19 fight and to provide humanitarian help to the affected people.