HEROES OF THE COVID CRISIS
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HEROES OF THE COVID CRISIS
FUEL FOR EFFORTS, GENERATORS FOR PERSISTENCE, ROOFS FOR THE RESOLUTE, KITCHENS FOR THE TENACIOUS – THEY HAVE GIVEN IT ALL TO SERVE AND SUPPORT THE NATION. HELLO! SALUTES THE CRUSADERS CHALLENGING THE “VIRAL” CRISIS; ARMING AND AIDING OUR ONGROUND WARRIORS
SREEMITA BHATTACHARYA

SHAH RUKH KHAN

WHO: The one with a hundred hands, also a superstar

There’s a reason why fans throng Mannat throughout the year (with the lone exception of this lockdown period!) and worship at the altar of SRK, come hail or storm. The superstar and his line-up of companies – KKR, Red Chillies Entertainment, Meer Foundation and Red Chillies VFX – have left no stone unturned to help out the nation, in this crisis. SRK and his wife, Gauri, have also opened up their four-storey office to the BMC, to expand their quarantine capacity.

50K: Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) provided to the Maharashtra and West Bengal governments to support healthcare professionals

5.5K: Families in Mumbai that SRK’s foundation along with the NGO, Ek Saath – The Earth Foundation is feeding daily

2K: Freshly cooked meals to be sent out daily to households and hospitals, after a kitchen is set up for this purpose

3L: Meal kits being provided every day to 10,000 underprivileged and daily wage labourers in Mumbai, with help from the Roti Foundation

2.5K: Daily wagers receiving essentials in Delhi, as Meer Foundation collaborates with the Working People’s Charter

100: Acid attack survivors receiving monthly stipend to cover their basics in UP, Delhi, Bengal, Bihar and Uttarakhand

WHO: The preserver of necessities, also the Chairman of Wipro Ltd

AZIM PREMJI

WHO: The preserver of necessities, also the Chairman of Wipro Ltd

Now, here’s an industrialist who has provided the government with one of the assets required to combat the spread of the coronavirus – manpower. The Azim Premji Foundation’s 1,600 employees have been working alongside the government to support the healthcare workers. The multibillionaire has also committed a substantial amount of money to be used for humanitarian aid and to power the healthcare sector during this crisis.

INR 100CR: Wipro Ltd’s commitment to the cause

INR 25CR: Contribution by Wipro Enterprises Ltd INR 1,000CR: Money committed by the Azim Premji Foundation

DR DEVI SHETTY

WHO: The voice of knowledge, also the Founder of Narayana Hrudayalaya

The revered cardiac surgeon has been spearheading a state government-appointed panel in Karnataka that’s constantly monitoring, reviewing, analyzing and offering preventive measures to curb the Covid crisis in the country. As part of the expert committee, Shetty has been studying exit plans and other patterns of other countries to recommend viable solutions and scenarios to the policymakers and economists in Karnataka.

25: Number of ways that Dr Shetty has come up with to contain the Covid crisis

RATAN TATA AND N CHANDRASEKARAN

WHO: The gods of philanthropy, also the Chairman Emeritus of Tata Trusts and the Chairman of Tata Sons, respectively

The brand, which has forever contributed to nation-building activities and helmed hundreds of philanthropic activities in India, has contributed a generous chunk of money towards tackling the corona pandemic in the country. The amount pledged by Tata Trusts is being used to manufacture PPE, respiratory systems and testing kits and to set up modular treatment facilities and train health workers. Meanwhile, The Tata Sons are gearing up to manufacture ventilators in India.

INR 500CR: Earmarked by Tata Sons towards tackling the pandemic

INR 1,000CR: Commitment by Tata Trusts

MUKESH AMBANI

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