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Laxmi Ratan Shukla donates IPL commentary fees for COVID relief in West Bengal

Former cricketer Laxmi Ratan Shukla announced that he will be donating his commentary fees of IPL 2021 to West Bengal's Chief Minister Relief Fund.

Laxmi Ratan Shukla

Laxmi Ratan Shukla 


The Bridge Desk

Updated: 25 Aug 2022 1:41 PM GMT

Former India all-rounder and Sports Minister of West Bengal Laxmi Ratan Shukla did his bit in the fight against COVID-19. Shukla, who is celebrating his 40th birthday today (May 6), took to Twitter and announced that he will be donating his commentary fees of IPL 2021 to the West Bengal's Chief Minister Relief Fund. The tournament was suspended on Tuesday due to COVID-19 cases in different camps.

Shukla, who quit politics earlier in the year, was Bengal's Sports and Youth Affairs Minister from 2016 to 2021. He didn't contest the 2021 elections.

"Today, 6th May 2021, on my Birthday, am humbly Donating my entire #IPL2021 commentary fees, to the #westbengal #CHIEFMINISTERRELIEF FUND. A small contribution to fight this disastrous 2nd wave Corona Situation, from my end for my people WinCorona #COVID19 #StaySafe #India #LRS," he wrote on Twitter.

The second wave of COVID-19 has hit the country hard and India is recording over 3.5 lakh cases regularly. India has also recorded over 4 lakh COVID-19 cases twice while the death toll has also been on the high side. The ongoing situation has seen few states observing lockdowns to curb the spread of the infection.

The country is also facing an acute shortage of beds, oxygen, and other equipment. Amid this, the celebrities and common people have come forward and are donating to various relief funds.

Shukla was also seen earlier helping migrating workers returning to their native places when a lockdown was initially announced.

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