Infosys & Citi commit Rs 200 crore to Covid 19 efforts, others join too

BENGALURU: Help continues to pour in for India’s Covid fight. Infosys has doubled its commitment to Rs 200 crore for Covid-related efforts. “Some of this will be directed to help set up and expand the capacity of Covid care hospital beds, augment the supply of oxygen concentrators and ventilators, as well as provide ration and support funds to migrant labourers and families impacted by the lockdowns,” wrote Infosys CEO Salil Parekh in an email to employees. Last year, Infosys had committed Rs 100 crore, including contribution towards the PM Cares fund.
Citi announced an additional Rs 200 crore ($27 million) pledge over the next three financial years. Of this, Rs 75 crore ($10 million) is being allocated immediately towards the procurement of oxygen supplies, adding beds to hospitals, diagnostic testing systems, personal protection kits and other supplies for India’s frontline healthcare workers.
The Walt Disney Company and Star India have pledged Rs 50 crore. K Madhavan, president, The Walt Disney Company India and Star India, said, “The need of the hour is to provide critical healthcare supplies and equipment to save lives.”
Honeywell has committed over $3 million. “Our newest initiative is the establishment of Covid critical care centres across five cities that will be equipped with beds, oxygen, personal protective equipment kits, and basic medical infrastructure. Honeywell will also fund the donation of over 1,000 oxygen concentrators and 10,000 N95 respirators to these facilities,” the company said.
UBS has committed $1.5 million. The first tranche of this will be directed towards the immediate supply of oxygen, medical supplies and medicine to those most in need.
The Global Task Force on Pandemic Response, a newly formed US-based public-private partnership organised by the US Chamber of Commerce to address the Covid-19 surge in India, is sourcing, shipping and delivering 1,000 Puritan Bennett ventilators needed by healthcare facilities across India.