Akshay Kumar to give financial aid to 30 Maharashtra farmers

Akshay Kumar has been helping families of farmers from drought-stricken areas in Maharashtra with financial aid for a few months now

bollywood Updated: Sep 21, 2015 12:16 IST
Hindustan Times
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Akshay Kumar in a still from Baby.

A few days ago, reports revealed that Akshay Kumar had planned to financially help 180 families of farmers, who had committed suicide due to the acute agrarian crisis in Maharashtra.

The state is currently facing one of its worst droughts. It was also reported that the actor had donated Rs 90 lakh to some such families. However, not many know that the star has been assisting these families with financial aid for the past three-four months now.

"Akshay has been setting aside amounts ranging from Rs 50,000 to Rs 1 lakh per family for a few months. This money is sent to almost 30 families. And, this is not something that he has been doing in tandem with an NGO. His team has been directly involved and in touch with these families," says an insider.

Also read: Marathwada region sees big rise in farmer suicides

Apparently, after doing some research in the region, Akshay’s team made a list of farmers who were in dire need of assistance. In a systematic manner, every month, his team travels to the interiors of the state to disburse the money.

Apart from Akshay, Nana Patekar is another Bollywood actor, who has been helping these distressed farmers. We contacted Akshay for a comment, but he refused to talk about the matter. "He feels embarrassed. You will never hear him discuss these matters openly," adds the insider.

First Published: Sep 21, 2015 11:54 IST