If you are using a Samsung Galaxy smartphone and are a Samsung Pay user, you can now directly contribute to the PM CARES Fund by clicking on the PM CARES Fund option in Samsung Pay. Transactions to the PM CARES Fund are powered by the government-backed instant real-time payment system, Unified Payments Interface or UPI. Samsung Pay uses NFC technology to transfer money.
The Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi created the Prime Minister's Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situations Fund (PM CARES Fund) on 28 March 2020 amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The fund would help in combating and providing relief against the coronavirus outbreak and in similar pandemic like situations in the future.
You can contribute to as low as Rs 1 in the PM CARES Fund. The donations are exempted from tax and fall under corporate social responsibility.
Since its launch, celebrities, businessmen, sports personalities, politicians, and organisations have contributed to combat the coronavirus pandemic. Among celebrities, Akshay Kumar has donated the highest amount – Rs 25 crores – in the PM CARES Fund.
‘This is that time when all that matters is the lives of our people. And we need to do anything and everything it takes. I pledge to contribute Rs 25 crores from my savings to Narendra Modiji''s PM CARES FUND. Let''s save lives, jaan hai toh jahaan hai,’ Akshay tweeted.
Another Bollywood celebrity Varun Dhawan has donated Rs 30 lakh to the relief fund. Apart from celebs, cricketer Sachin Tendulkar donated Rs 50 lakh in the PM CARES Fund to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. Famous businessman Ratan Tata has donated Rs 1,500 crore to the relief fund.