Infosys Foundation donates Rs 100 crore for COVID-19 relief fund
Meanwhile, Chinese electronics major Xiaomi on Tuesday pledged Rs 15 crore towards India's fight against coronavirus
Bengaluru: Infosys Foundation, the philanthropic and CSR arm of Infosys, on Monday announced that it is committing Rs 100 crore to support efforts towards fighting COVID-19 in the country.
The foundation said it contributed half of this commitment (Rs 50 crore) to the PM CARES Fund.
This sum would primarily be utilised to expand hospital capacity for treatment and enable hospital stays for coronavirus patients, especially ones belonging to the economically weaker sections of society. Also, the amount would be used to provide ventilators, testing kits, and personal protective equipment like masks, and other protective gear for frontline healthcare workers; and to ensure better access to food and nutrition for the underprivileged.
Over the last two weeks, Infosys Foundation said in a statement that it has announced support for creation of an exclusive hospital in Bengaluru for COVID-19 patients.
It has also enabled the acquisition of medical and PPE equipment for multiple military and government hospitals across the country.
The foundation is also supporting various NGOs that provide food and hygiene kits to thousands of people in need, the statement said.
"All our efforts will be targeted towards ensuring that the relief material reaches the people who need it the most, whether it is a patient who cannot afford treatment, our healthcare personnel, or daily wage workers whose livelihood has been severely impacted," chairperson of Infosys Foundation Sudha Murthy said.
Meanwhile, Chinese electronics major Xiaomi on Tuesday pledged Rs 15 crore towards India's fight against coronavirus.
Of this, Xiaomi will donate Rs 10 crore to the PM relief fund and CM relief funds across various states, the statement said.
Also, the company will continue to donate face masks and protective suits to hospitals across various states.
The company has partnered with Give India on Mi.com to raise Rs 1 crore to make available hygiene kits for 20,000 families, who do not have access to soaps, sanitisers and masks. It is also partnering with other NGOs to extend support to daily wage workers, migrants and stray animals.
"At Xiaomi, we are pledging Rs 15 crore for the fight against COVID-19 outbreak. Unity shines in times of adversity. We request all our Mi Fans to also come forward and donate on Mi.com or directly to PM relief fund/CM relief funds," Xiaomi India managing director Manu Jain said adding that over 1,000 Xiaomi employees as well as partners have been requested to donate to the cause.