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Battling COVID19 through Goodness
Catering to critical infrastructure needs of India, the Adani Group has not just stood by governments by providing financial aid, its massive workforce across ports, power plants, transmission sites, edible oil refineries, residential townships, power distribution and the gas distribution business has ensured that the nation runs seamlessly during a national call for resolve and restraint.
Ever since the world woke up to the grave implications of the Novel Coronavirus outbreak, key stakeholders from different section of the society have been grappling to protect themselves from COVID19. Governments in India, both at the Centre and states, in particular took some unprecedented measures to safeguard people in the most populous democracy from the pandemic. Amid such a global humanitarian crisis, India’s private sector including large corporates, SMEs and small traders have stood united with the legislature in the battle against the Novel Coronavirus.
The Adani Group, a $15 Bn conglomerate that runs critical infrastructure assets in India has led this proactive fight back from the front. From contributing financial aid needed to mobilise actions at the ground level to pulling together resources from businesses and participation of its massive India workforce in ensuring that essential goods and services are delivered to Indian homes, the Adani Group has worked as one collective force fighting COVID19.
Financial aid – INR 114 Crores donated to central and state governments of India
|PM CARES Fund||100 Cr||13.18 Mn|
|Gujarat CM Relief Fund||5 Cr||659, 249|
|Kerala CM Relief Fund||5 Cr||653,956**|
|Andhra Pradesh CM Relief Fund||2 Cr||261,582**|
|Maharashtra CM Relief Fund||1 Cr||131,849|
|Jharkhand CM Relief Fund||1 Cr||131,849|
|Adani Employees Contributed INR 4 Cr, added by another INR 4 Cr by Adani Foundation for Covid Relief||8 Cr||1.05 Mn|
|Donation to NGOs||0.5 Cr||65,924|
On March 29, Mr. Gautam Adani, Chairman of the Adani Group, said that Adani Foundation, the group’s CSR-arm donated Rs. 100 crores (USD 15.62 Mn) to the PM’s Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situations Fund (PM CARES Fund). The aid was aimed at helping the government in procuring essential relief material testing Novel Corona infected people and protective gears for frontline heroes such as healthcare professionals and security personnel.
Subsequently, the Adani Foundation also donated Rs. 1 crore (USD 131,849) to the Maharashtra CM Relief Fund and Rs. 5 crore (USD 659,249) to the Gujarat CM Relief Fund.
Likewise, as explained by Mr. Gautam Adani in a recent LinkedIn article, the group would continue contributions to fight Coronavirus working with key government stakeholders across the country. In line with that commitment, the Adani Foundation made contributions to the Kattupalli District Collector COVID-19 Fund and the Bhadra District Administration.
It also partnered with Iskcon Dwarka with a contribution of Rs. 50 lakh (USD 65,924) for feeding underprivileged people in Delhi. Iskcon Dwarka provides daily meals to around 100,000 people in the capital city of India. The aid was aimed to touch up to 400,000 beneficiaries every day.
Meanwhile, Adani Parivaar, the Adani Group’s workforce in India which was been working seamlessly to ensure delivery to essential services volunteered to contribute around Rs 4 crores (USD 527,399) towards nationwide efforts in battling Coronavirus. Moved by the warm gesture, the Adani Foundation added Rs. 4 crore to proceeds and contributed another Rs. 8 crores (USD 1.05 Mn) in support of COVID19 crisis mitigation activities.
Subsequently, Adani Power donated Rs. 1 crore (USD 131,849) to the Chief Ministers Relief Fund of Jharkhand.
In line with the Adani Foundation's vision to extend COVID19 relief aid across the country, on April 13, 2020, it contributed INR 2 Cr (USD* 261,582) to the Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Fund.
Independent businesses also rose to the occasion. On April 13, 2020, the Adani Ports and Special Economic Zones Ltd. the ports and logistics business of the group contributed Rs. 5 Cr. (USD 653,956) to the Kerala CM Relief Fund.
Relief material – Masks, ventilators, protective gear and food distributed
As a part of India’s fight against the COVID19 outbreak, Adani Foundation which is anchoring pan-India relief activities on the behalf of the Adani Group has been complimenting government efforts.
Whether it is about donating 100 ventilators to the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation along with PPEs (Personal Protective Equipments) and N-95 Masks or activating women co-operative groups aided by Adani Saksham (the Adani Skill Development unit) to produce lakhs of safety masks for free dissemination at remote sites across the country, it has been consistently working to ensure public safety.
Further community kitchens and canteens activated across several sites have provided healthy meals to hundreds. More than 11,000 packets of food and ration are being distributed each day at Mundra (Gujarat), Godda (Jharkhand), Kawai (Rajasthan), Dhamra (Odisha) and Vizhinjam (Kerala) every day. Close 21000 labourers and people in the rural communities are given meals each day. The foundation is also providing ration supplies to community kitchens that are running in full force to feed the communities.
On April 10, the Adani Foundation in line with its focus on enabling immediate help for on the ground COVID19 combat efforts contributed 10,000 Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) kits to the government of India.
Healthcare – Dedicated hospital to combat COVID19
The Adani GK General Hospital in Bhuj has emerged as a lifeline for Corona-feared people in Kutch, India’s largest district. Being the first ever Public-Private-Partnership (PPP)-run hospital of the country, it was turned into the only fully-equipped facility in the region to treat patients infected by Coronavirus.
Soon after the World Health Organisation declared COVID19 as a pandemic, the hospital created dedicated quarantine facilities for suspected patients and positive cases. It also deployed a dedicated team of doctors and healthcare professional. This team of experts also created short-videos on preventive measures which were amplified through social media platforms to create awareness (Click here to watch).
The GAIMS hospital is also equipped with additional ventilators and other necessary equipment with facilities being ramped up on a regular basis to deal with the urgency of the situation.
Heroes on national duty – Delivery of essentials continue seamlessly
Even as the country has enforced a preventive lockdown to curb the spread of Coronavirus, an army of heroes continue to do their jobs to ensure that essential goods and services are delivered to Indian homes. Hundreds from the Adani Group’s workforce at ports, power plants, transmission sites, edible oil refineries, residential townships and city gas distribution businesses have been working seamlessly so that lockdown does not impact the basic needs of people. Some businesses even took the responsibility of community measures such as spraying disinfectants at villages near the Hazira and Mundra port. Some stunning stories of innovation also came to light. For instance, a team of engineers at Adani Ports in Vizag took only 4 hours to innovate and build a sanitized water shower for everyone to use. Likewise, the Adani Gas partnered with the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation in delivering essentials across the city. Hundreds of CNG-run autos fuelled at Adani Gas stations were used for the social cause. Meanwhile residential townships managed by Adani Realty are ensuring that essential supplies are adequately available so that people stay safe in their homes. By enforcing stringent social distancing discipline at shopping arcades, the teams have ensured utmost safety during the lockdown period.
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