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Beedi worker from Kannur donates ₹2 lakh to CMRDF for Kerala's COVID-19 vaccine, left with just ₹850
The inspiring act was brought to light online by the state's finance minister, Thomas Isaac
A beedi worker hailing from Kannur in Kerala won hearts recently for a donation of ₹2 lakh that he made to the state's CMRDF (Chief Minister's Distress Relief Fund) in order to ensure vaccine for everyone. He gave the amount anonymously and now only has ₹850 left in his bank account!
The inspiring act was brought to light online by the state's finance minister, Thomas Isaac, who lauded his actions on Twitter.
"We are humbled by the response of the people," he said.
According to the Times of India, the bank staff was extremely surprised by his generous donation. Knowing of his financial status, they talked to him about this decision but the worker was adamant about giving the money for an extremely noble cause. He insisted that it should be donated to the CM's distress fund as well as assure him that his name will not make it to the public domain for the people to know.
Further, the worker added that he will continue to roll beedies for a living and he is entitled to a disability pension that should come to him. Therefore, the short amount of money left in his bank account did not bother them.
The state's CM, Pinarayi Vijayan, lauded his gesture in a press briefing that took place. He added that the man had emphasized the fact that the money is not greater than the cost of human lives at stake.
On Sunday, he tweeted imploring the state to come forward and donate to the CMRDF. With this story, he believes that more people will be inspired to make a little contribution towards ensuring vaccines for all.