Coronavirus Outbreak: Dabur group commits Rs 21 crore in fight against COVID-19
Homegrown Dabur group on Tuesday pledged Rs 21 crore to support the relief efforts and help the immediate needs of people affected from the COVID-19 pandemic
New Delhi: Homegrown Dabur group on Tuesday pledged Rs 21 crore to support the relief efforts and help the immediate needs of people affected from the COVID-19 pandemic.
The group will also provide assistance to people engaged in frontline efforts to fight the virus and support to members of vulnerable sections of the society and migrant workers, who are the hardest hit by this pandemic, according to a statement.
“We have earmarked a fund of Rs 21 crore towards relief efforts... Out of this pledged amount, a sum of Rs 11 crore is being contributed to PM CARES Fund by Dabur India and other entities in the Group,” said Dabur India Ltd Chairman Amit Burman said.
Extending its help, the group has started providing health and hygiene kits to police personnel across the country which includes face masks, hand sanitisers and immunity-boosting medicines.
“We are working with local NGOs and community leaders in extending support towards the provision of nutritious meals and medicines to people in need during this lockdown,” it said.
One of the group companies, Lite Bite Foods, is preparing and supplying around 2,500 meals every day for the migrant workers.
Another group company Oncquest Laboratories is endeavouring to undertake COVID-19 tests for a significant number of below poverty line (BPL) patients free of cost.
“We have rolled out a special Insurance scheme ‘Dabur Aashray’ for over 600 individuals who are currently not covered under the Corporate and State Insurance Scheme to support them and take care of their medical needs in case of any emergency arising out of COVID-19,” it added.
India is presently going through an unprecedented complete lockdown of three weeks, ending on 14 April, to prevent the spread of the virus.
According to the latest report from the Union Health Ministry, the total number of COVID-19 cases has increased to 4,421 and the death toll is now 114.
The active cases comprise 0.11 per cent of the total infections, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate has increased to 98.71 per cent, the health ministry said
The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Health said the second wave was undoubtedly marred by high cases, increased deaths, shortage of oxygen and beds in hospitals, reduced supplies of medicines and other important drugs
Modi chaired a meeting of the Board of Trustees of the PM CARES Fund on Tuesday during which a presentation was made on the various initiatives undertaken with the help of PM CARES Fund..., a statement issued by the PMO said.