BCCI president Sourav Ganguly has pledged to donate rice worth Rs 50 lakh to the needy after complete lockdown in India to fight the deadly coronavirus.

On Tuesday night, India Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced lockdown for a period of 21 days as cases of coronavirus infections continues to rise in the country.

In a statement, Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) said the rice will be provided to the people who have been put in government schools for safety and security.

“It is heartening to note that Sourav Ganguly along with Lal Baba Rice has come forward to provide free rice worth Rs 50 lacs to the needy people who have been put in government schools for safety and security,” the statement read.

“Hope this initiative of Ganguly would encourage other citizens of the state to take up similar initiatives to serve the people of our state,” it added.

As per government figures, over 550 active COVID-19 cases have been reported with 10 deaths so far.

Globally, the coronavirus has infected over 4,50,000 and more than 20,000 people have died so far after contracting the deadly disease.

The sporting world has come to a sudden halt due to the virus with all major sporting events either cancelled or postponed indefinitely. On Tuesday, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) confirmed the Tokyo Olympics are being delayed by a year keeping in mind the health and safety of athletes and general public in mind.