The famous and renowned Bollywood actor Nana Patekar’s effort to help the drought hit farmers in Maharashtra has reached a whole new level. His foundation NAAM Foundation has managed to bag Rs. 80 lakh in donation in one single day.
“We have set up an account for Naam Foundation and in a day nearly Rs.80 lakh was collected. It’s not true that people are not willing to help those affected, it’s just that they’re not assured if their money goes to the right place or not. But now they have faith in us that we’re doing an honest work,” said Patekar, while celebrating Ganesh festival at his home.
“A significant amount is being collected. And we have formulated a comprehensive structure for it. And as soon as Ganpati visarjan is over, we’ll go to Khandesh and Vidarbha and will attempt to do something for those affected,” he added.
There are many reagions in Maharashtra like Latur and Marathwada and Madhya Maharashtra which has seen some of the worst droughts in the recent past. More than 130 farmers have committed suicides across the country in this year only given the prevailing heatwave and drought conditions in the country.
Patekar along with actor Makrand Anaspure recently distributed financial help to 113 families in Latur and Osmanabad. Both of the actors are the brains behind NAAM Foundation.
“There is always talking that the government is not doing enough and we put the entire blame on them. But we can do a lot, so let the government do its own work,” he further added.
This is what he had to say on actor Akshay Kumar offering Rs.90 lakh for the cause: “It is heartening that people are coming forward and are willing to give money. It’s not true that industry celebrities are not giving money and there are numerous who are willing to donate.”
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The article was originally published in Indian Express
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