Bengaluru, March 27: Asian Games gold medallist Hima Das has donated her one month's salary to the Assam government to help the state combat the dreaded coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
The 400M Under-20 world champion is employed with PSU major Indian Oil Corporation as an HR officer in Guwahati.
"Friends it's high time to stand together & support people who need us. I am contributing 1 month of my salary to Assam Govt. in Assam Arogya Nidhi Account made to safeguard the health of people in the wake of Covid-19. @narendramodi @sarbanandsonwal @KirenRijiju @himantabiswa," Das tweeted.
Friends it’s high time to stand together & support people who need us. I am contributing 1 month of my salary to Assam Govt. in Assam Arogya Nidhi Account made to safeguard the health of people in the wake of Covid-19. @narendramodi @sarbanandsonwal @KirenRijiju @himantabiswa— Hima MON JAI (@HimaDas8) March 26, 2020
Hima's gesture came in for special praise from sports minister Kiren Rijiju.
"Great gesture @HimaDas8 Folded hands Your hard-earned one month's salary means a lot and it will be very purposeful! #IndiaFightsCorona," the minister tweeted.
Hima joined a growing list of sports personalities, including shuttler P V Sindhu, wrestler Bajrang Punia, and BCCI President Sourav Gangully, who have come forward to provide financial aid to fight the pandemic.
The Assam Cricket Association offered to convert its Barsapara Stadium premises into a quarantine centre as the state government braced up for the coronavirus pandemic.
The coronavirus outbreak has infected over 500,000 people worldwide while causing over 24,000 deaths. In India, the number of cases has surpassed the 700-mark with 17 people succumbing to the disease.
(With inputs from PTI)