Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal met with actor Akshay Kumar on Tuesday and offered support to the actor’s efforts towards rehabilitating the widows of the late debt-ridden farmers in the Vidharbha region. In a closed door meeting lasting half an hour at the CM Secretariat, Kejriwal told Akshay Kumar that after being informed by AAP spokesperson Raghav Chaddha, about his call for funds at a charity function co-hosted by Hindustan Times the previous evening, he decided to invite the actor.
“Please tell us how we can help the cause. I’m ready to contribute from the CM’s relief fund,” said Arvind Kejriwal. The actor informed him that while promoting his upcoming film Singh is Bling, he has been collecting funds for the cause, which his staff sends directly to the needy widows. “One farmer’s family requires around Rs 50,000 to support livelihood for six months. I have been supporting thirty families each month. At the fund raiser event yesterday, we could collect money for a 100 families more, in just 15 minutes,” Akshay informed him.
Arvind Kejriwal then spoke of an NSSO report that claims that a large number of farmers are quitting agriculture as they are not able to sustain their income through farming. “I find it to be a very sad thing. Farming is our foundation. We must remind people of the need to go back to their roots, said Akshay and offered support by being the brand ambassador of any campaign that Delhi Government initiates in this direction.
The meeting ended on a cheerful note with the CM informing the actor that he is a fan of his work and has watched most of his films. “I found him to be quite a down-to-earth person. It’s kind of him to offer support for a cause that’s not directly related to his State,” said Akshay Kumar.