New Delhi: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has decided to donate Rs 20 crore as a welfare fund to help the families of CRPF jawans killed in the Pulwama terror attack.
The BCCI is planning to invite senior officials of the Indian defence forces (Army, Navy and Air Force) on the first day of the IPL on 23 March in Chennai.
On the first day of the tournament, Chennai Super Kings will face Royal Challengers Bangalore in this tournament. Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Virat Kohli will be present on the day.
BCCI cancels grand opening of IPL to spare this money
A senior BCCI official said the Committee of Administrators (COA) had sanctioned Rs 20 crore for the welfare fund.
Instead of organising a grand inaugural ceremony for the IPL, the COA has decided to donate the sum for the welfare of soldiers in the armed forces.
According to an official Sirf News spoke to, the budget of the inauguration of the IPL was close to Rs 15 crore last year. It was decided that the BCCI would increase it to Rs 20 crore. This amount will be given as welfare fund and the National Defence Fund.
Donate for families of CRPF jawans killed in action
Following the Pulwama terror attack, the site people from across the country reached out to was Bharat Ke Veer. It is a fund-raising initiative by the Union Ministry of Home Affairs for the benefit of members of the Indian paramilitary forces.
The initiative, launched by Home Minister Rajnath Singh, allows donations of up to Rs 15 lakh to an individual’s account and donations to the Bharat Ke Veer corpus.
The corpus is managed by a committee comprising persons of repute and senior government officials, in equal number, who decide to disburse the fund equitably to the families of paramilitary jawans killed in action. A list of priority is made before the disbursal of this fund on the basis of need of the families concerned. The amount donated is credited to the account of ‘next of kin’ of jawans of the Central Armed Police Force (all seven) or National Disaster Response Force soldiers.