Actor Salman Khan says his NGO Being Human has committed to fund 200 paediatric heart surgeries in Uttar Pradesh, and on behalf of the stars who performed at the Saifai Mahotsav, Rs25 lakh (Dh1,48,275) have been donated to the Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College and Hospital in Aligarh.
The Dabangg star, who is under fire for participating in Saifai — the home village of Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav — on Wednesday, said whenever he travels for performances, his aim is to aid healthcare and education in the country.
“I see it [performance] as an opportunity to help the locals in the areas of healthcare or education,” Khan posted on his Facebook page on Thursday.
Talking about his contributions, he posted: “In Nagpur, on Sunday (January 4), Being Human pledged to fund 100 paediatric cardiac cases in Maharashtra state.
“And in Etawah, Being Human, on behalf of all artistes who performed, has committed to fund 200 paediatric heart surgeries in Uttar Pradesh (there is already a wait list of 81 children we have received who are being moved to Fortis Hospital, Gurgaon and their surgeries will get done by month end and Being Human is in touch with local NGOs and hospitals for their lists also).”
“We have also contributed Rs25 lakh to the Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College and Hospital for the purchase of an echo machine, paediatric and neo-natal ventilator and a portable X-ray machine for their paediatric cardiac ICU,” the 48-year-old said.
Khan, Madhuri Dixit and some other Bollywood stars reached Saifai in a chartered plane on Wednesday. Their presence at the event was not taken well as opposition party Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) leader Satish Chandra Mishra said the state exchequer’s money was being wasted in Saifai while where people were dying from severe cold in Muzaffarnagar relief camps.