In a time of uncertainty and social distancing, lifting your spirit is key. At this point, any help is welcoming, irrespective of whether it is via governmental agencies or through individualistic philanthropic means. Here are some people from the latter group who have stepped up to help in today’s dire times, and have taken it in their hands to help in the global mission to fight coronavirus pandemic. By Bayar Jain

1. Mukesh Ambani, Chairmain & MD, Reliance Industries Ltd 

 

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Billionaire business tycoon Mukesh Ambani led Reliance Industries has set up India’s first hospital dedicated fully to COVID-19, in Mumbai. This 100-bed centre has been set up by Sir H.N. Reliance Foundation Hospital in collaboration with Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), at Seven Hills Hospital. Reliance also released a statement confirming of adequate infrastructure in the centre including a negative pressure room to prevent cross-contamination and control infection, and ventilators, pacemakers, dialysis machine, patient monitoring devices for every bed. 

Moreover, Sir H.N. Reliance Foundation Hospital has arranged for special medical facilities for quarantine travellersin the form of a fully-equipped isolation facility at LodhivaliMaharashtraThe Reliance Foundation has also partnered with NGOs across various cities to serve free meals to those in need and has vowed to produce 1 lakh face-masks per day, along with other personal protective equipmentssuch as suits and garments for health workers across the country. 

2. Anita Dongre, Fashion Designer & Founder of House of Anita Dongre

 

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Renowned celebrity fashion designer, Anita Dongrehas offered a donation to INR 1.5 crore as a medical fund to help small vendors and self-employed artisans working amid the COVID-19 outbreak.

 

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Confirming the same in a post on both her Twitter as well as Instagram handle, she said, “A lot has changed in the last few days. Among the people who are likely to be most affected by these changes are the small vendors and self-employed artisans who contribute to the work you love and admire. Considering the swiftness of the crisis, we recognise that not many of them will have resources to cover a potential medical emergency. It is for this reason that the Anita Dongre Foundation has decided to set up a dedicated fund of Rs 15 million, to support any medical treatments arising during these troubling times.” She added that although the funds will cover small vendors and self-employed artisans; if required it will be extended to already insured direct employees as well.  

3. Anand Kripalu, Managing Director & CEO of Diageo India

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Already known to keep spirits high, the CEO of the British MNC has said that the company will re-purpose its 15 alcoholic beverage producing units across the country to produce around 3,00,000 litres of sanitiser instead. Additionally, they will also be donating 5,00,000 litres of Extra Neutral Alcohol (ENA) to the sanitiser industry to help overcome the shortage. Sanitisers aside, the Kripalu has also pledged around 150,000 masks to five public health departments across the country for doctors, nurses and caregivers, and INR 3 crore health insurance cover for bartenders associated with the Diageo World Class programme in India.

4. Vijay Shekhar Sharma, Founder of one97 Communications/ Paytm

 

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Taking inspiration from Marriott International’s President and CEO Arne Sorenson, the founder of Paytm, Vijay Shekhar Sharma announced that he would forego his salary for the next two months. This forgone salary, he says, would be used to aid the company’s office staff who would need it. Moreover, he also committed to contributing INR 5 crore to help accelerate the development of medical solutions.

Moreover, Paytm also confirmed on its official Twitter handle that it aims to to contribute INR 500 crore to Prime Minister’s Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situations Fund (PM CARES). “Paytm is aiming to contribute ₹500 Crore to the PM CARES Fund. For every contribution, or any other payment done by you on Paytm, we will contribute an extra up to ₹10. Please contribute generously!” the company tweeted, along with a link.

5. Harshavardhan Neotia, Chairman of Ambuja Neotia Group

 

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This Kolkata-based industrialist has offered 30 luxury bungalows in South 24 Parganas — a district in West Bengal — to the state government to be used in the fight to contain the novel coronavirus crisis. He also added that the company will offer everything in these bungalows, such as food and housekeeping. A medical support, however, would not be provided and the government would have to help facilitate the same.

6. Ramdev, Yoga Guru & Founder of Patanjali

 

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Yoga Guru Baba Ramdev recently at a press conference announced a donation of INR 25 crore for the PM-CARES fund, as a part of his contribution in fight against coronavirus. He also confirmed the same via a post on his official Twitter handle, along with the video pf the press conference. Earlier, he had also donated a Real-Time Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) machine for COVID-19 tests to Government Medical College (GMC) in Nainital.

7. Ratan Tata, Founder of Tata Trusts

 

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Ratan Tata has also committed INR 500 crore in fight against COVID-19. The funds will reportedly be used for personal protective equipment for medical personnel, respiratory systems, testing kits, setting up modular treatment facilities for infected patients, knowledge management and training of health workers and the general public.

He also tweeted, his statement, along a post saying, “The COVID 19 crisis is one of the toughest challenges we will face as a race. The Tata Trusts and the Tata group companies have in the past risen to the needs of the nation. At this moment, the need of the hour is greater than any other time.”

Moreover, Tata Sons has also announced INR 1,000 crore, along with plans to undertake manufacturing of ventilators.

Not just from India, but business tycoons from other parts of the world have also stepped in. One such famous personality is Alibaba founder Jack Ma, who has pledged to offer 1.8 million face masks and 2,10,000 coronavirus test kits to some of the poorest nations across the planet, such as Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Laos, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Cuba, Ecuador, Dominican Republic, Peru, and all the 54 African countries. 

8. DLF Foundation 

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DLF Foundation has confirmed to distribute over 27 lakh meals to slum dwellers and stranded migrant workers in Manesar, Gurugram, Noida and Delhi. So far, as many as 2,80,750 people have been served cooked meal, and dry rations equivalent to 24,24,800 meals are already in process of being supplied. Moreover, it has also donated ventilators, multiple diagnostic machines and hospital beds to South Delhi Municipal Corporation. Further donations include 75,000 masks and 3 lakh gloves, along with sanitizer to the district administration in Gurugram and Noida. It has also contributed INR 5 crore to the Chief Ministers Relief Fund in Haryana. 

 

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