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Infosys doubles its commitment towards Covid relief effort to Rs 200Cr

IT services giant Infosys has doubled its contribution towards Covid relief efforts to Rs 200 crore to add hospital beds and increase the supply of oxygen concentrators and ventilators among other activities.

In an email to employees, Infosys CEO Salil Parekh said the company has built vaccination centers for employees and their families at seven of its development centers (DC) across India, and work is ongoing to build them in other DCs.

Infosys has also partnered with over 130 hospitals across the country, where staff and their family members can get vaccinated.

“We had committed Rs 100 crores last year to support the fight against this pandemic including contribution towards the PM Cares fund. We will continue our efforts across the country in the coming year, and have expanded our original commitment to Rs 200 crores for Covid relief efforts,” he said in his email, a copy of which was seen by PTI.

Some of this will be used to help establish and increase the capacity of Covid care hospital beds, increase the supply of oxygen concentrators and ventilators, and provide ration and support funds to migrant laborers and families affected by the lockdowns, Parekh remarked.

He added that the company has contributed to providing PPE kits, sanitizers, medicines, masks, and gloves to support law enforcement officials, health officials, and health institutions.

The company is also helping the Karnataka government with an app called Apthamitra.

“To each of you, I want to say that we are doing everything possible to support you now and, in the weeks ahead. Our company is coming together to help us all be better prepared for what lies ahead,” he wrote.

The huge surge in infections in the second wave of the pandemic has led to hospitals in various states staggering under a shortage of medical oxygen and beds. 

Several organizations have come forth to procure and distribute oxygenators, breathing machines, and ventilators.

IT companies like Tata Consultancy Services and HCL Technologies are taking several steps to add to these efforts, including setting up Covid care centers at their plants.

Parekh stated employee Covid Care Centres have been established at Pune, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Chennai, Mysore, Mangalore, and Gurugram.

“We are working as fast as we can to set up similar Covid Care Centres in other cities, subject to approvals from local policymakers. To support employees who are now working from their hometowns around the country, we have partnered with over 1,500 hospitals across India, for the treatment of employees and their families,” he noted.

He added that the company has partnered with ambulance providers, testing labs, video medical consultations, etc. in most of the larger cities to help staff.

“Our clients have increasing needs that we are best positioned to provide, and we will ensure we deliver the highest quality of service while keeping all of your health and safety foremost…We will walk, one step at a time, through this current situation, and emerge with strength and grace,” he said.

While the country is gasping to breathe, several big companies have come forward to contribute to the efforts of managing the situation. Infosys is not only helping its employees in these difficult times but also their families who might be infected with the virus. Praying for the country to heal from these difficult times.

Shishir Gupta, Founder and CEO, StartupLanes

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