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Here’s how India Inc is contributing in fight against coronavirus pandemic

From donating N95 masks to converting resorts into temporary care facilities, several Indian companies have stepped forward to help control the COVID-19 crisis.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: April 1, 2020 4:39:01 pm
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With the total number of confirmed coronavirus cases in India crossing 1,600 by Wednesday, and 38 deaths, India Inc. is coming forward to combat the COVID-19 outbreak. From donating N95 masks to converting resorts into temporary care facilities, more and more Indian companies are assisting in various forms to fight the pandemic.

Globally, over 8,50,000 have been infected while at least 42,000 have died due to COVID-19.

Jindal Aluminium contributes Rs 5 cr to PM-CARES fund

Jindal Aluminium Ltd (JAL) on Wednesday said that it has contributed Rs 5 crore to Prime Minister’s Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situation (PM CARES) fund in order to help the government fight the coronavirus pandemic in India.

“We are confident that India will conquer the COVID-19 crisis. In this exceptionally difficult period, we have made our humble support to the PM-CARES fund towards relief efforts,” said Jindal Aluminium Ltd Chairman and Managing Director Sitaram Jindal.

TikTok donates 100 crore towards medical equipment

TikTok is donating 4,00,000 hazmat medical protective suits and masks – as an important safety measure. Additionally, their contribution also covers local/state level medical workers, as they have donated 2,00,000 masks, to Delhi and Maharashtra Government.

Wipro, Azim Premji Foundation commit Rs 1,125 crore to tackle COVID-19 crisis

Wipro Ltd, Wipro Enterprises Ltd, and Azim Premji Foundation have together committed Rs 1,125 crore to tackle coronavirus pandemic. These resources will help enable the dedicated medical and service fraternity in the frontline of the battle against the pandemic and in mitigating its wide-ranging human impact, particularly on the most disadvantaged of our society, as per a company statement released on Wednesday. Of the Rs 1,125 crore, Wipro Ltd’s commitment is Rs 100 crore, Wipro Enterprises Ltd’s is Rs 25 crore, and that of the Azim Premji Foundation is Rs 1,000 crore, it added. These sums are in addition to the annual corporate social responsibility (CSR) activities of Wipro, and the usual philanthropic spends of the Azim Premji Foundation, the statement said.

Infosys Foundation commits Rs 100 Crore in fight against Covid-19

Infosys Foundation has committed Rs 100 crore to support efforts towards fighting COVID-19 in India—50 percent of this amount will go to the PM CARES Fund. Commenting on the pledge, Infosys Ltd.’s Chief Executive Officer Salil Parekh said it’s imperative for businesses to join hands with governments, civil society and healthcare institutions in the battle to halt the spread of the novel coronavirus—one of the toughest challenges that the world has been faced with.

“At such a time, it is imperative for businesses to join hands with the governments, civil society as well as healthcare institutions to support the communities we live and serve in,” Parekh was quoted as saying in a statement of Infosys Foundation, the Bengaluru-headquartered company’s philanthropic arm.

SAIL contributes Rs 30 crore to PM-CARES Fund

State-owned steel maker SAIL on Tuesday announced a Rs 30 crore financial assistance to fight the coronavirus outbreak.

The amount will be given towards the PM-CARES Fund, Steel Authority of India Ltd (SAIL) said in a statement. “SAIL has joined hands with the nation in its fight against the coronavirus disease by contributing Rs 30 crore to PM-CARES Fund. This is a humble contribution from the company and its employees in the fight against the coronavirus emergency. We stand committed to dedicate ourselves in the service of the nation in every possible way,” SAIL Chairman Anil Kumar Chaudhary said in a statement.

Adani Foundation announces Rs 100 crore contribution to PM-CARES

The Adani Foundation has committed a direct contribution of Rs 100 crore to the Prime Minister’s Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situations Fund (PM-Cares Fund).

“Adani Foundation is humbled to contribute Rs 100 crore to the PM Cares Fund in this hour of India’s battle against COVID-19. Adani Group will further contribute additional resources to support the governments and fellow citizens in these testing times,” Gautam Adani, Chairman, Adani Group, wrote in a tweet.

Reliance Industries announces Rs 500 crore contribution to PM-CARES Fund

Reliance Industries’ chief Mukesh Ambani on Monday committed a further Rs 500 crore to the Prime Minister’s COVID-19 fund, topping up over the multi-crore initiative of India’s first coronavirus hospital, meals to the needy, and fuel to emergency vehicles. In addition to the financial contribution to the PM’s Fund, Reliance Industries has also provided contribution of Rs 5 crore each to the governments of Maharashtra and Gujarat to support their fight against COVID-19, according to a company statement. “Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) today announced a donation of Rs 500 crore to PM CARES Fund in response to the call by the Prime Minister to support the nation’s fight against the coronavirus onslaught,” RIL statement said.

Hero Group pledges Rs 100 crore aid for COVID-19 relief efforts

The Hero Group, which includes the country’s largest two wheeler Hero MotoCorp, on Monday pledged Rs 100 crore aid for COVID-19 relief-efforts in the country. Half of this sum, Rs 50 Crore, will be contributed to the PM-Cares Fund and the remaining Rs 50 crore will be spent in other relief efforts, the group said in a statement. The Hero Group (BML Munjal family) companies contributing to this fund include Hero MotoCorp, Hero FinCorp, Hero Future Energies, Rockman Industries and Hero Electronix. Hero Enterprise and AG Industries have also contributed to this fund.

Tata group commits Rs 1,500 crore to fight COVID-19, to make ventilators locally

The Tata group on Saturday said it had committed Rs 1,500 crore to fight the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, as well as protect and empower all affected communities. The group also said it is gearing up to manufacture ventilators in India.

While Tata Trusts, the major shareholder of Tata Sons, has committed Rs 500 crore, Tata Sons announced an additional Rs 1,000 crore towards fighting the COVID-19 outbreak and related activities.

According to Tata, the money will be used for personal protective equipment for medical personnel on the frontlines, respiratory systems for treating increasing cases, testing kits to increase per capita testing, setting up modular treatment facilities for infected patients, and knowledge management and training of health workers and the general public.

L&T commits to donate Rs 150 Crore to PM-CARES Fund

Larsen & Toubro, India’s leading technology, engineering, construction, manufacturing and financial services conglomerate, has set aside an outlay of over ₹500 Crore per month to support about 160,000 contract workers by continuing to pay their wages during the ongoing lockdown and providing them with food and basic amenities at labour camps, while maintaining the COVID-19 prevention and containment protocol. Responding to the call given by Prime minister Narendra Modi, the company will donate Rs 150 Crore to the PM-CARES Fund.

Paytm to contribute Rs 500 crore to PM CARES Fund

Digital payments company Paytm Saturday said it aims to contribute Rs 500 crore to Prime Minister’s Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situations Fund (PM CARES).

For every contribution or any other payment made on Paytm using the wallet, UPI and Paytm Bank debit card, the company will contribute an extra up to Rs 10, Paytm said in a statement. “We are honored to do our duty to aid the government in all the relief measures being taken to fight the Corona pandemic. We hope our users wholeheartedly donate to PM CARES fund and help save lives,” Paytm President Madhur Deora told PTI.

He added that the company will make a contribution for every payment transaction using the Paytm app and instruments, and this money would be directly sent to the PM-CARES fund.

Previously, Paytm had created a Rs 5-crore fund for innovators who are developing medical instruments or medicines to combat the virus, PTI reported.

ITC setting up Rs 150 crore coronavirus fund for underprivileged people

ITC Ltd said it is setting up a contingency fund of Rs 150 crore for vulnerable sections of the society in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak. The corpus is created to address and manage the challenges arising out of adversity, a company statement said. “This fund will be utilised primarily to provide relief to the vulnerable and most needy sections of the society who have been harshly impacted by the pandemic and have faced significant disruption in their livelihoods,” it said.

In addition, the company said it will collaborate with local authorities to provide assistance to the district health and rural healthcare eco-system that reaches out to the weakest sections of the society.

The diversified conglomerate stated that resources under this fund will be channelised towards the protection and well-being of the ground forces who are working to provide medicines, groceries, other essential goods and sourcing of agri-commodities, among others, to people across the country during the lockdown.

Xiaomi to donate N95 masks and protective suits

Chinese handset maker Xiaomi announced it will donate lakhs of N95 masks and protective suits in India amid the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

“Lakhs of N95 masks will be donated across state governments such as Karnataka, Punjab and Delhi government, government hospitals and state police starting this week,” Xiaomi India Managing Director Manu Jain said in a statement.

Anand Mahindra offers ventilators, resorts in fight against pandemic

Mahindra Group Chairman Anand Mahindra took to Twitter to announce that the resorts owned by his company could be utilised as temporary care facilities. He also said that he will create a fund to assist the hardest-hit sections, like small businesses and self-employed people.

The Mahindra Group Chairman Anand Mahindra also said his company will immediately start working on how its manufacturing facilities can make ventilators along with offering Club Mahindra Holidays’ resorts as temporary care facilities, even as it would help the government/Army in setting up more such facilities.

In a Twitter thread, Mahindra suggested necessary steps to be taken for the country to combat the deadly disease and reduce pressure on medical facilities as “going by various reports from epidemiologists, it is highly likely that India is already in Stage 3 of transmission,” he said.

Vedanta Chairman pledges Rs 100 crore 

Chairman of Vedanta Resources Limited Anil Agarwal pledged Rs 100 crore to fight the pandemic.  Taking to Twitter on the day of Janata Curfew, he wrote, “#DeshKiZarooratonKeLiye is a pledge that we undertook & this is the time when our country needs us the most. Many people are facing uncertainty & I’m specially concerned about the daily wage earners, we will do our bit to help.”

Parle to donate 3 crore packs of Parle G biscuits to needy

Biscuits major Parle Products on Wednesday said it will donate 3 crore packs of biscuits in the next three weeks, especially to the needy, through government agencies.

The company said its manufacturing units are functioning with 50 per cent of workforce keeping with government advisories to curb escalation of the coronavirus outbreak, but it is working to ensure that a sufficient quantity of its products is available in the market.

“We have decided to work with government, donate through government agency three crore packs of biscuits — one crore each in the next three weeks — specially for people in need…We will be donating one crore packs of Parle-G biscuits every week for the next three weeks, effectively about three crore packs of biscuits,” Parle Products Senior Senior Category Head Mayank Shah told PTI.

Bajaj Group commits Rs 100 crore in fight against COVID-19

The Bajaj Group of companies has on Wednesday committed Rs 100 crore for the fight against COVID-19. “Through the last 130 years, Bajaj Group has stood strong with communities, government and local authorities to make a positive difference to society. In the ongoing fight against Covid-19, we all need to come forward in ways more than ever before, to ensure that all citizens of our country have access to healthcare and other necessities of life. Today we pledge Rs 100 Crore to the fight against Covid-19,” Rahul Bajaj, chairman of various Bajaj Group companies, announced on Wednesday.

“Working with the government and our network of over 200 NGO partners, we will ensure these resources reach those who need it the most,” Bajaj said.

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