Actor Amitabh Bachchan has recently addressed the slew of negative comments that celebrities are being subjected to over not publishing their contributions during the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic. The actor has contributed Rs 2 crore towards a Covid-19 facility in Delhi.
In his long post, Bachchan said that he and his family have hardly succumbed to the pressure of social media and the everyday abuse and the filth of distasteful comments and contributed or made their effort in the quiet. Only the receiver knew and that was the end. He finds it embarrassing to speak publicly about his contributions, he wrote.
Bachchan then went on to divulge details of all his charitable efforts during the pandemic. He cleared bank loans of over 1500 farmers by his personal fund and prevented them from suicide.
For those who suffered during Covid last year, he provided food for over 4,00,000 daily wage earners for a month, fed almost 5000 in the city each day lunch and dinner. He provided masks, PPE kits to front line warriors, police officers, hospitals through his personal funds.
For the brave soldiers who had been martyred at Pulwama after the terrible terrorist attack, their families were contacted and brought to Janak and given succour at the hands of his son Abhishek and daughter Shweta. He booked 30 buses for the stranded migrants to locations in UP and Bihar and supplied them food and water for the overnight travelHe also booked an entire train from Mumbai to UP to carry 2800 migrant passengers free of cost at his expense, and when the destination State blocked the train from coming into their State and cancelled the train, he immediately chartered 3 Indigo Airline planes and flew almost 180 migrants in each flight to UP and Bihar and some to Rajasthan and J&K, he wrote.
Further he said, he donated an entire Diagnostic Centre, opened at Bangla Sahib Gurudwara in Delhi through the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee, set up in the premises of the Gurudwara for medical help for the poor and needy, an MRI machine and other Sonographic and Scan equipments of expenses beyond his means, but set up in spite in the memory of his mother and grandparents.
Among the young children who were orphaned by the sudden death of the parents, left in oblivion, he said he has adopted 2 of them and the rest will be put in an orphanage in Hyderabad. Their study board and lodging are free till they finish school from the 1st to the 10th and if they turn out bright, he will provide them with free upper education, Bachchan added.
He also mentioned about his ongoing and future charitable efforts. He wrote, “A 250 to 450 bed care center set up with further donation at the Rakabganj Sahib Gurudwara in Delhi and soon to procure for them O2 ( Oxygen ) concentrators, not in stock or easily available , from overseas limited stock to be donated to Delhi where the need is immense and some to Mumbai .. coming in within the week .. 50 of them are coming in from Poland by 15th and the rest around 150 from perhaps the US .. orders placed , some have arrived and given to the Hospital in need.”
He continued, “Ventilators of immediate need to the BMC and to the Municipal Hospitals ordered .. around 20 of them , of course within my limited means , to be in, in a few days .. some 10 have arrived today and on custom release shall be delivered. A 25-50 bed Hospital care center setting up at Juhu Army location at a School Hall , the Ritambhara School, with all facilities and should be up by the 12th of May .. donated funds to set up. Three very important detection machines donated to Nanavati Hospital , last week to help in the detection of Covid, Feeding about a 1000 in the slums and poor sections of the city.”