Coming out to help and support the cyclone victims is Bollywood superstar Akshay Kumar who has donated Rs 1 crore to Chief Minister’s Relief Fund.
Confirming the same, an insider said, “This is not new. Akshay has always been contributing for causes, be it his Bharat ke Veer initiative for the armed forces, or his contribution to the Kerala Floods or Chennai floods earlier,” Cyclone Fani – the strongest tropical cyclone to hit the country in two decades – wreaked havoc in Odisha and claimed at least 34 lives, with several more feared dead. As the state struggles to return to normalcy, Akshay Kumar has stepped forward to help. This is not new. Akshay has always been contributing for causes, be it his Bharat Ke Veer initiative for the armed forces, or his contribution to the Kerala Floods or Chennai floods earlier.” However, the actor hasn’t announced it either the team of CM Relief Fund. Khiladi Kumar had earlier started an initiative named Bharat Ke Veer for the armed forces. There he made a donation of about Rs 5 crore. He also donated Rs 1 crore for Chennai Floods’ relief.
The Centre released Rs 381 crore for the assistance of the cyclone-ravaged state, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi announcing an additional fund of Rs 1,000 crore for providing relief to the affected areas. However, Chief Minister of Odisha, Naveen Patnaik, has sought Rs 17,000 crore from the Centre – Rs 10,000 crore for disaster-resilient power infrastructure and Rs 7,000 crore to convert five lakh kutcha houses to pucca houses as well as a strong disaster-resilient telecommunication network.