Odishatv Bureau

Mumbai: Reliance Industries (RIL), here on Monday, announced to contribute Rs 500 crore to the PM CARES Fund to help the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.

In addition, the company has also contributed Rs 5 crore each to Maharashtra and Gujarat for the cause.

"RIL continues its 24x7, multi-pronged, on-the-ground effort to do its bit to ensure the nation remains prepared, fed, supplied, safe, connected and motivated to fight and win against the unprecedented challenges brought upon by the coronavirus pandemic," a company statement said.

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Among the steps to support treatment of the infected people and support vulnerable communities that the company has off late taken included 100-bed exclusive hospital geared up in just two weeks to handle Covid-19 patients and 50 lakh free meals in the next 10 days.

It's also supplying one lakh masks daily for health workers and caregivers and thousands of personal protection equipments for them. RIL has also assured free fuel across the country to notified emergency response vehicles.

Further, Reliance Retail is providing essential supplies daily for millions of Indians through its stores and home deliveries.

Mukesh Ambani, RIL Chairman and Managing Director, said: "We are confident that India will conquer the coronavirus crisis sooner rather than later. The entire Reliance Industries team is with the nation in this hour of crisis and will do everything to win this battle against Covid-19".

Nita Ambani, Founder Chairperson of Reliance Foundation, said, "The need of the hour is also for us to support our marginalised and daily wage communities. Through our meal distribution programme, we aim to feed lakhs of people daily across the country."

HAL pledges Rs 26.25 crore to PM fund

Hindustan Aeronautics (HAL) has on Monday pledged Rs 26.25 crore to the Prime Minister's Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situations (PM-CARES) Fund.

The state-owned aerospace and defence company's employees have donated their one-day salary amounting to Rs 6.25 crore. Cumulatively, it works out to Rs 26.25 crore.

"It's a small step from HAL in supporting the government's efforts in fighting the coronavirus pandemic," said R. Madhavan, HAL Chairman and Managing Director.

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"Each HAL employee has committed a minimum of single-day's salary as donation," said Alok Verma, HR Director.

HAL has shut all manufacturing units and offices for March 24 to March 31. But people involved in essential services, including those dealing with maintenance, water supply, power and security at HAL townships, will remain on duty.

Earlier this month, the company had planned to set up logistics bases in Malaysia, Vietnam, Indonesia and Sri Lanka as part of initiatives to woo them to buy its light combat aircraft (LCA) Tejas and military helicopters.

Madhavan had said the HAL was considering logistics bases in the four countries as they used a number of Russian-origin military aircraft and choppers, whose serviceability was poor.

He had said HAL was focusing on boosting exports in sync with the government's priority and identified Southeast Asia, West Asia and North Africa to sell key platforms like Tejas, attack helicopter Rudra and advanced light helicopter Dhruv.

(With IANS Inputs)