Massive contributions flow from companies for coronavirus relief work

Updated: Apr 08, 2020, 08:48 | Sherlin Rajan
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    Industrialist Ratan Tata, on March 28 announced that the Tata Trusts has pledged Rs 500 crore to help India fight the global pandemic. The chairman emeritus said that the amount will be used to buy personal protective equipment for medical professionals, to set up modular treatment facilities for COVID-19 infected patients, and to provide testing kits to increase per capita testing across the country. Besides these, the money will also be used to buy respiratory systems for treating the increasing number of coronavirus cases and to impart knowledge management and training of health workers and the general public amidst the coronavirus outbreak. In what can be called a heartfelt gesture, Ratan Tata also instructed the Taj Group of Hotels in Mumbai to open its rooms to the health workers of BMC. Additionally, the Taj Group of Hotels has also been providing meal to the health workers and Covid-19 patients admitted in Mumbai's government hospitals. 

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    India's richest man, Mukesh Ambani's Reliance Industries announced a donation of Rs 500 crore to the PM-CARES fund on March 30 for those affected by the Coronavirus lockdown. Apart from the Rs 500 crore, the conglomerate also announced an additional Rs 5 crore to the chief minister's fund of Maharashtra and Gujarat. In a press release According to a report published in PTI, RIL will make provisions for 50 lakh free meals for the underprivileged, one lakh masks everyday for the health workers and caregivers, thousands of Personal Protective Equipments for health workers and caregivers, free fuel to notified emergency services across the country.

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    Mahindra and Mahindra Group chairman Anand Mahindra announced on March 23 that the company would undertake a series of measures to tackle coronavirus on a public level. It included manufacturing ventilators and offering Mahindra resorts as a temporary healthcare facility. He also announced on Twitter that his company would be creating a fund to help people who run small-scale businesses and entrepreneurs and would encourage his associates to contribute to it. Moreover, the industrialist also said that he would be contributing 100 per cent of his salary to the fund and would be adding more to it in the next few months. (Picture/AFP)

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    Vendanta Resources Ltd Executive Chairman Anil Agarwal announced on March 22 on Twitter that his company is pledging Rs 100 crores towards fight the pandemic. The company is actively helping people in the rural villages by providing them with masks and soaps and spreading awareness among the people about maintaining basic hygiene. (Picture/Anil Agarwal-Twitter)

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    Ace fashion designer Anita Dongre anounced on Twitter that her fashion label's philanthropical wing Anita Dongre Foundation would set up a dedicated fund to support any medical treatments arising due to the deadly virus. The fund will cover their smaller vendors, self-employed artisans & partners who do not have medical insurance or coverage. The direct employees of the company were granted paid leaves, and a medical insurance that covers them and their family members. (Picture/Anita Dongre-Twitter)

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    Bllionaire Gautam Adani announced on March 31 a Rs 100 crore contribution by his group's philanthropy arm to the Prime Minister's Fund to fight coronavirus outbreak.

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    Private sector lender Kotak Mahindra Bank and its Managing Director Uday Kotak announced a Rs 50-crore donation to the PM CARES fund. (Picture/Uday Kotak-Twitter)

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    Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella announced that the company would be joining hands with the UNESCO to bring tools and educational resources to students, parents and teachers around the world.His wife Anupama V Nadella has donated Rs 2 crore to The PM Cares Fund.

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    Former Microsoft CEO Bill Gates said that he has pledged USD 100 million for efforts to combat the deadly virus through the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. (Picture/AFP)

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    Apple CEO Tim Cook announced on Twitter on March 14 that the company donated USD 15 million for efforts to tackle the pandemic globally also have also been donating 10 million of masks for health professionals in the US and  Europe. 

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    Chinese business magnate and Alibaba Jack Ma announced that the Jack Ma foundation and the Alibaba Foundation donated 7.4 million masks; 4,85,000 test kits; 100,000 sets of protective clothing along with other medical equipments to 23 Asian countries, including India. The retailer giant also announced that additional urgent equipment including 800 ventilators, 300,000 sets of protective gowns and 300,000 face shields would be sent to hospitals in Europe. 

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    Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos said that the company would be hiring people for 100,000 new roles and raising wages for their hourly workers who are fulfilling orders and delivering to customers during the turbulent times.

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    Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Dr Priscilla Chan plegded USD 30 million for the Coronavirus relief fund through their joint philanthropical foundation, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative. 

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    Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk announced on Twitter on March 31 that his company would be shipping FDA- approved ventilators to hospitals worldwide without any shipping charges.

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    Inditex, a  firm that owns fashion retailer giant Zara, said in March that they would produce hospital scrubs, protective masks, gloves, goggles and caps for healthcare professionals in Spain.

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  • Tech giant Xiaomi's global vice president Manu Kumar Jain announced on Twitter on March 31 that the company has pledged Rs 15 crores for Prime Minister's relief fund, the CM's fund across states, masks & suits for doctors and helping needy with NGOs.

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The ongoing coronavirus outbreak has wrecked havoc across the globe with the number of cases rising and scores of people losing their lives. At a  turbulent time like this one, hospitals are in need of funds and equipments to treated people. With the pandemic also taking a toll on businesses and employment, Here's how the heads honchos of the business world came forward with their contributions.