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Aditya Birla Group commits Rs 500 Cr for COVID-19 fight

Kumar Mangalam Birla-led Aditya Birla Group will contribute Rs 400 crore to the PM-CARES Fund, Rs 50 crore to FICCI-Aditya Birla CSR Centre for Excellence for COVID-19 relief measures, and Rs 50 crore to supply ventilators, masks and protective equipment.

The Aditya Birla Group on Friday committed Rs 500 crore towards COVID-19 relief measures, of which Rs 400 crore will go to the PM-CARES Fund.

The Kumar Mangalam Birla-led $48.3 billion conglomerate will be contributing Rs 400 crore to the PM-CARES Fund, Rs 50 crore to FICCI-Aditya Birla CSR Centre for Excellence for COVID-19 relief measures, and Rs 50 crore to supply ventilators, masks and protective equipment, a statement said.

The Rs 50 crore allocation for equipment will include supply of one million N95 masks, 2.80 lakh personal protective equipment (PPE), and ventilators, it said.

“Given the severity of the disruption, there is a compelling need for a multi-pronged response that includes financial and material support, healthcare assistance, and community responsibility,” said Rajashree Birla, the Chairperson of Aditya Birla Centre for Community Initiatives and Rural Development.

Apart from this, the group will activate a 100-bed COVID-19 facility at Seven Hills Hospital in suburban Mumbai, in partnership with the city’s civic body, to be spearheaded by Neerja Birla, the statement said.

It has also earmarked more than 200 beds for COVID-19 patients across locations including Ujjain, Pune, Hazaribagh, Rayagada, Solapur, and Kharach