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Lending a helping hand to fight COVID-19

The Mahindra Group steps up efforts to fight COVID-19

Even as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to wreak havoc across the world, the Mahindra Group has increased its efforts to combat the spread of the virus and extend a helping hand to the communities affected by it. The Group’s efforts cover a wide spectrum – from raising funds to sustain the government’s relief efforts andproviding monetary support and dry rations for the underprivileged, to re-engineering its production lines and facilities andmanufacturing much-needed PPE and other equipment to aid the fight against coronavirus.

The Mahindra Group has donated Rs50 crore to the PM-Cares Fund. The Mahindra & Mahindra Workers Union has donated Rs50 lakh to the Maharashtra CM’s Relief Fund. Other donations include Rs3 lakh by Swaraj Engines to the Deputy Commissioner Office, Mohali, Rs3 lakh for Thiruvallur District Collectorate by Mahindra World City Chennai and Rs2.5 lakh to the Deputy Commissioner Office, Mohali by Swaraj Tractors.

The Group has also set up a COVID-19 Relief Fund under the Mahindra Foundation to support related initiatives. Mahindra employees have raised close to Rs7.5 crore through voluntary contributions (as on May 31, 2020). An additional amount of Rs23.5 lakh has been committed by Tech Mahindra employees and associates to support COVID-19 related initiatives.

Mahindra’s efforts to provide ‘in-kind’ or material support have proved critical in the fight against the pandemic. Our Auto and Farm Sector (AFS) has produced and distributed over 300,000 face shields, over 500,000 3-ply face masks and over 450 aerosol boxes.

Mahindra Holidays has offered its resorts as Temporary Care Facilities, while Mahindra Logistics has launched HOPE (Helping Our People during Emergencies), an initiative to support truck drivers financially during the COVID-19 related lockdown.

That’s not all, Tech Mahindra has led the digital fight, creating tools to strategically tackle some of the issues faced during the pandemic. It has successfully implemented various digital initiatives including:

  • The development and deployment of a blockchain-based e-Pass solution for state governments to streamline validation and enable the mobility of essential services.
  • The development of an Integrated Digital Health Platform to provide remote access to healthcare.
  • Implementation of the Dial 100 police emergency response management system and coordinating citizen services.
  • Collaboration with the Government of India on an app for contact tracing and other applications.
  • Use of technology to create computational drug discovery models to help find a cure for COVID-19.

The Group has been providing cooked food and dry rations to benefit the underprivileged and needy affected by the lockdown. Kitchens set up at 17 AFS locations have distributed cooked food to over two lakh individuals. Additionally, the Group has distributed ration and other essentials to almost 92,000 individuals.

The Group’s other notable efforts include the launching of ALYTE, a free emergency cab service in nine cities, including metros like Mumbai, Kolkata, Bengaluru and Delhi by Mahindra Logistics.

As part of the effort to disseminate information regarding hygiene and safety practices, the Mahindra Group’s initiatives have reached about five lakh community members.