Continuing his long practice of extending help to people hit hard by natural calamities, India TV Chairman and Editor-in-Chief Rajat Sharma, who turned 64 on Thursday (February 18), donated Rs 64 lakh for those affected by the disaster in Chamoli of Uttarakhand.
Yoga guru Baba Ramdev took to Twitter to praise Sharma’s contribution and hailed his leadership.
"Every patriot should take up the cause of helping those affected by the tragedy by joining the #ReliefWithRajatSharma campaign. Greetings to Rajat Sharma on his birthday," Ramdev tweeted in Hindi.
राष्ट्रधर्म-सेवाधर्म एवं पत्रकारिताधर्म के पुरोधा @RajatSharmaLive जी ने चमोली आपदापीड़ितों की मददकर राष्ट्रप्रेम की सराहनीय मिसाल कायम की है। #ReliefWithRajatSharma मुहिम से जुड़कर त्रासदीपीड़ितों की मदद का बीड़ा हर देशभक्त को उठाना चाहिये।रजतभाई जन्मदिन शुभ हो।@rajatsharmafans https://t.co/xsiiaHeYBP— स्वामी रामदेव (@yogrishiramdev) February 18, 2021
"Rajat Sharma's journey of struggle to success gives inspiration to crores of Indians. He is a role model for many," Ramdev said on India TV.
The disaster was triggered after a portion of the Nanda Devi glacier burst through its banks in Chamoli district on February 7, leading to an avalanche and a deluge that ripped through the Alaknanda river system in the upper reaches of the ecologically fragile Himalayas. So far, 58 bodies of disaster victims have been recovered including 11 from a tunnel in Tapovan, while 146 people are still missing.