Money has a significant role to play in the war against the Coronavirus. And the business community is leading the fight with generous donations to finance the cause.
The Tata group has announced a substantial assistance of Rs 1,500 crore. Of this, Rs 500 crore given by the Tata Trust will be spent for the development of medical facilities. Tata Sons has made a contribution of Rs 1000 crore. It has also promised to manufacture ventilators.
Wipro and the Azeem Premji Foundation have announced a grant of Rs 1125 crore to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic.
Head of the Reliance Group, Mukesh Ambani, has donated Rs 500 crore to the PM Cares fund. He has also given assistance of Rs 5 crore each to the Maharashtra and Gujarat governments.
Vedanta group chairman Anil Aggarwal has given Rs 100 crore to the PM-CARES fund, while the Adani Group has donated Rs 100 crore.
IT sector giant, Infosys has reserved 100 beds of its hospital for COVID-19 patients from the poorer sections. The company has also announced a further assistance of Rs 100 crore.
Bharti Airtel and Vodafone have donatedRs 100 crore.
Besides the corporates, film stars and sportspersons are also doing their bit to help. Akshay Kumar took the lead by giving Rs 25 crore to the PM CARES fund. Salman Khan has pledged to take care of the needs of 25,000 daily wage labourers. His organization, Being Human, will be involved in the effort.
Bahubali actor, Prabhas donated Rs 4 crore, while the latest Bollywood sensation, Kartik Aryan, also donated Rs one crore. They are joined by Varun Dhawan, Anushka Sharma, Karan Johar, Ayushman Khurana, and Shah Rukh Khan, who have not disclosed the amounts they have contributed.
Among the sports stars, master blaster Sachin Tendulkar gave Rs 25 lakh each to the Prime Minister’s Relief Fund, and Maharashtra Chief Minister’s Relief Fund.
Many other sportspersons also pledged their salaries, while a few others donated medical equipment. Suresh Raina contributed Rs 31 lakh to the PM CARES fund, and Rs 21 lakh to the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Relief Fund.
Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli kept his donation secret, while batsman Rohit Sharma helped both the Centre and the Government of Maharashtra with a total donation of Rs 80 lakh.
Member of Parliament and boxing world champion M C Mary Kom is spending Rs 1 crore from her MPLADS fund for the fight against COVID-19. Asian track and field athlete,champion, Neeraj Chopra has donated Rs 3 lakh.
At a time when resources are scarce, India’s rich are making sure that they do their bit to make a real difference.