COVID-19: Shah Rukh Khan announces a series of initiatives to help citizens

Bollywood superstar Shahrukh Khan On Thursday, he announced a series of initiatives to assist central and state governments in their fight against the coronavirus pandemic. The actor has taken the help of his companies. Calcutta Knight Riders , Red Chillies Entertainment, Meer Foundation and Red Chillies VFX, to provide support to governments.

Given the enormity of the task, my team and I discussed ways to contribute modestly. We have devised a number of initiatives, which we hope will make a small difference, he said in a statement posted on Red Chillies' Twitter ID.

The actor praised the efforts of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the chief ministers of states, particularly naming Uddhav Thackeray, Mamata Banerjee and Arvind Kejriwal , in the fight against COVID-19.

According to the Union Health Ministry, the number of COVID-19 cases rose to 1,965 in the country on Thursday, while the death toll rose to 50.

Shah Rukh said that together with his wife Gauri Khan and his business partners: Juhi Chawla & Jay Mehta - will contribute to the PM-CARES Fund through its 20-20 cricket series team.

Prime Minister's Citizen Assistance & Relief in Emergency Situations or the PM-CARES Fund was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to combat health contingencies like the coronavirus.

Shah Rukh & Gauri will also making a donation to the Maharashtra CM's Relief Fund through their film banner Red Chillies Entertainment.

His cricket team & his NGO will work with the Maharashtra & West Bengal governments for the supply of 50,000 Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for the healthcare professionals, whom Shah Rukh called the "real heroes" of the battle against COVID-19.

Her NGO has also partnered with Ek Saath - The Earth to provide daily food requirements to more than 5,500 families for at least a month in Mumbai.

Shah Rukh said a kitchen will also be set up to send out 2000 freshly cooked meals everyday to help households & hospitals whose daily needs aren't being fulfilled.

In association with Roti Foundation, Shah Rukh's NGO will provide Rs 3 lakh meal kits to 10,000 to underprivileged people & daily wage labourers daily for at least a month in Mumbai.

Meer Foundation has joined hands with Working People's Charter to provide basic essentials & grocery items for at least a month to over 2500 daily wage workers in Delhi.

The actor said this foundation will also be providing support to 100 acid attack victims in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal & Uttarakhand.

Shah Rukh said in the current times, everybody must come together & support each other.

"This crisis is not going to pass in a hurry, it will take its time & its toll on all of us. It will also show us that there isn't really a choice between looking out for ourselves & looking out for one another.

There is nothing more obvious in the spread of this pandemic, than the fact that each of us is inextricably connected to each other, without any distinction, added the actor.

He said as a nation & as a people, it is "our duty to give it all we've got".

"I am going to try my best & I know each one of you will do so too. Only together we will be able to fight through these difficult & unimaginable days," Shah Rukh said.