Bidi worker donates Rs 2 lakh to CMDRF saying people's life is more valuable than savings
Thiruvananthapuram: A bidi worker from Kannur donated Rs 2 lakh from his bank savings of Rs 2,00,850 to the Chief Minister’s Distress Relief Fund (CMDRF) as part of the Covid Vaccine Challenge. When asked about his sacrifice, he replied, “The lives of my brothers and sisters are more valuable than my savings.”
Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan described this incident in the press meet on Saturday. The bank employee asked the bidi worker what he would do after donating over 99 percent of his savings. To this, the man said he would survive with the income from bidi works and the disabled pension, the CM added.
Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and health minister K K Shailaja donated Rs 1 lakh each to the CMDRF. Writer T Padmanabhan donated Rs 1 lakh. Kerala Congress (M) chairman Jose K Mani contributed Rs 50,000 from the amount he saved for his daughter’s wedding. A total of Rs 1.15 crore was received in the CMDRF on Saturday alone.
Rajesh Manimala of Kerala Police declared his support to Vaccine Challenge by drawing the pictures of those who contributed to the CMDRF. Asma Beevi who survived Covid at the age of 105 and KPCC vice president Sarath Chandra Prasad also donated to the fund. AIYF will conduct special campaign for Vaccine Challenge.
Rs 25 lakh was donated by Kollam NS Cooperative Hospital, Rs 10 lakh by Eramala Service Cooperative Bank, Rs 1 lakh by CAPE Staff Association state committee, Rs 83,200 by retired judge Mohan and Rs 67,000 by Muhammed Hussain and Shiras Ibrahim who reside in Tanzania in Africa.