India is one among the developing Asian countries, which still have a large population under unorganised sector. It accounts for about 20% of the overall population. Amid 21 days lockdown, a large chunk of its unorganised sector is under a series threat of economic crisis. 

To counter the adversity, PMO has appealed for a voluntary contribution in its #PMCARES fund which comes under the ambit of Disaster Management Relief Fund enshrined in the National Disaster Management Act 2005. Anybody can contribute to this noble cause starting from Rs 1 to their possible extent. Funds collected under this programme are often utilised for rehabilitation activities and disaster mitigation. Many of the affluent class institutions have contributed significantly in order to support the govt’s move. Recently the TATA Sons & Industries Ltd. have contributed Rs 1,500 crores to help the govt. machinery which is fighting a lethal war against COVID-19. 

In the wake of this livelihood crisis, one of the premier organisations in India, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has also contributed Rs 21 lakhs to the relief fund. It’s indeed a very kind gesture from such an organisation. Anurag Tripathi, Secretary, Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has said, “The employees of ‘Group-A’ has donated their 2-days salary while ‘Group-B’ and ‘C’ has donated their 1-day salary each, in order to meet the emergency needs. We are very much aware of the situation; this amount will act as a small drop in an ocean of generosity. We are very much hopeful, that these contributions, no matter big or small will surely help the needy and poor. We have asked our authorities to convert our campuses across India into isolation wards. We have also sent our proposal to Kendriya Vidhyalaya Association (KVS) to initiate with the cause. We are dealing it on hourly basis with utmost empathy towards our frontline professionals.” 

One can easily donate to #PMCARES fund by accessing its online website: www.pmindia.gov.in using the following methods: 

1. Debit Cards and Credit Cards 2. Internet Banking 3. UPI (BHIM, Phone Pe, Amazon Pay, Google Pay, Pay TM, Mobikwik etc.) 4. RTGS/NEFT 

With following account details: 

➢ Account Name: PM CARES ➢ Account Number: 2121PM20202 ➢ IFSC Code: SBIN0000691 ➢ SWIFT Code: SBININBB104 ➢ Name of Bank & Branch: State Bank of India, New-delhi, Main Branch. ➢ UPI ID: pmcares@sbi 

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