An official release here said the amount, which stood at Rs 4.88 crore yesterday, crossed the Rs seven-crore mark today, with the South Indian Film Aristes Association giving a cheque of Rs 55 lakh to Chief Minister M Karunanidhi. The release said the collections stood at Rs 7,11,35,701. Association President and politician R Sarathkumar, along with other office-bearers, met Mr Karunanidhi at his Gopalapuram Residence and handed over the cheque.
Later, Mr Sarathkumar told mediapersons the Chief Minister gave an assurance that the relief material would reach the suffering Tamils in Sri Lanka through the International Red Cross Society and the United Nations.
Among those who contributed towards the relief fund were the Police Department (Rs 64 lakh), Annamalai University (Rs 32 lakh) Tamil Nadu Water Supply and Sewerage Board (Rs 30 lakh) and Sri Vijayalakshmi Trust, Coimbatore, (Rs 15 lakh), the release said.