MUMBAI: Ratan Tata, chairman of Tata Group, took to social media to announce Saturday that Tata Trusts was committing Rs 5 billion towards the fight to contain the COVID-19 pandemic and related activities, noting it was one of the "toughest challenges the human race will face".
Soon after, Tata Sons, the holding firm of the Tata group companies, announced an additional Rs 10 billion support over and above Rs 5 billion pledged by Tata Trusts earlier in the day.
India saw the highest jump in the last 24 hours with 149 patients testing positive for the highly contagious illness in different parts of the country.
Ratan Tata posted on his official twitter handle: "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.”
In a letter, Tata mentioned that the Trust is donating for the Personal Protective Equipment for the medical personnel on the frontlines, respiratory systems for treating increasing cases, testing kits to increase per capita testing, setting up modular treatment facilities for infected patients and knowledge management and training of health workers and the general public.
“Tata Trusts, Tata Sons and the Tata group companies are joined by commited local and global partners as well as the government to fight this crisis on a united public health collaboration platform which will strive to reach out to sections that are under-privileged and deprived”, he added.