New Delhi: Cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar, whose term as Rajya Sabha MP ended recently, has donated his entire salary and allowances to the Prime Minister's Relief Fund.
In his past six years as Rajya Sabha MP, Mr Tendulkar has drawn nearly Rs 90 lakh in salaries and other monthly allowances.
The PMO has appreciated the gesture by Mr Tendulkar. "Prime Minister acknowledges this thoughtful gesture and conveys his gratitude. These contributions will be of immense help in providing assistance to the persons in distress."
The former cricketer has attended only 7.3% sessions since he was made a Rajya Sabha member since 2012. As per records, Mr Tendulkar has attended just 29 of the nearly 400 Parliament sessions. He asked just 22 questions and introduced 0 bills.
The former cricketer, however, has made good utilisation of MP Local Area Development fund.
According to data released by Mr Tendulkar's office, he has claimed to have sanctioned 185 projects across the country with Rs 7.4 crore out of his allocated Rs 30 crore being used for educational and related structural development, including building and renovation of classrooms.
Mr Tendulkar also adopted two villages under the Sansad Gram Adarsh Gram Yojana Scheme, including Puttam Raju Kandriga in Andhra Pradesh and Donja in Maharashtra.
(with inputs from PTI)