Google and Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai announced today that the tech giant will donate Rs 135 crore to India to fight the surging COVID-19 cases. The tech giant will also donate around Rs 20 crore in form of two grants from Google.org-- Google's philanthropic arm-- to tackle the need for urgent medical supplies in the country.
Earlier Sundar Pichai had tweeted that his organisation will be supporting the country amid the rising COVID-19 surge."Devastated to see the worsening Covid crisis in India. Google & Googlers are providing Rs 135 Crore in funding to @GiveIndia,@UNICEF for medical supplies, orgs supporting high-risk communities, and grants to help spread critical information," he tweeted.
Daily COVID-19 cases continue to set record highs, with hospitals filled to capacity and in need of urgent supplies to cope with the increasing number of patients.
"The first is to GiveIndia to provide cash assistance to families hit hardest by the crisis to help with their everyday expenses. The second will go to UNICEF to help get urgent medical supplies, including oxygen and testing equipment, to where it's needed most in India," said Sanjay Gupta, Country Head and VP, India.
The amount includes donations from Google's ongoing employee giving campaign--so far more than 900 Googlers have contributed Rs 3.7 crore for organizations supporting high-risk and marginalized communities. The Google funding also includes increased Ad Grant support for public health information campaigns.
-with agency inputs
(Edited by : Abhishek Jha)