Delhi, Mar 28, 2020: Tata Trusts has committed Rs 500 crore and Tata Sons has pledged an additional Rs 1,000 crore to aid India’s fight against the coronavirus crisis. That is a total of Rs 1,500 crore in contributions by the Tatas.
"“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.”" - Ratan Tata, Chairman Emeritus of Tata Sons and Chairman of Tata Trusts
Ratan Tata on Twitter wrote that Covid-19 crisis an exceedingly tough challenge the human race is facing, and how the "Tata Trusts and the Tata group companies have in the past risen to the needs of the nation".
"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," Ratan Tata wrote on Twitter.
Ratan Tata wrote the Tata Trusts has pledged to protect and empower all affected communities, and is committing Rs 500 crore for:
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for the medical personnel on the frontlines
Respiratory systems for treating increasing cases
Setting up modular treatment facilities for infected patients
Knowledge management and training of health workers and the general public
Time to do our bit: Suresh Raina pledges Rs 52 lakh for fight against coronavirus
India cricketer Suresh Raina has stepped up in the times of need and announced that he would be donating Rs 52 lakh to combat novel coronavirus which has claimed almost 20 lives in India is affected closed to 900 people.
The left-hand batsman took to Twitter to make the announcement and said that he would be transferring Rs 31 lakh to Prime Minister’s Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situation Fund (PM-VARES Fund )and Rs 21 lakh to UP CM’s Disaster Relief Fund.
On Friday, former India cricketer Sachin Tendulkar has donated Rs 50 lakh for the cause.
"Sachin Tendulkar decided to contribute Rs 25 lakh each to Prime Minister’s Relief Fund and Chief Minister’s Relief Fund in his bid to join the fight against COVID-19. It was his decision that he wanted to contribute to both funds," PTI had reported.
Former India cricketer and BCCI president Sourav Ganguly has also distributed rice worth Rs 50 lakh to help those affected by the pandemic.
State cricket associations have also stood up in these times of need and have done their bit.
Cricket Association of Bengal was the first state board to donate. CAB donated Rs 25 lakhs to West Bengal governemnt and its president Avishek Dalmiya contributed Rs 5 lakh on personel front.
Maharashtra Cricket associationa and Saurashtra Cricket association followed CAB’s way and contributed to their repective state governments as well.
All forms of cricket has been cancelled or postponed throughout the world as novel coronavirus has taken the field. Keeping in view the safety concerns of the spectators, IPL 2020 has also been postponed and it is highly unlikely that the cash-rich league will take place this year.