Google CEO Sundar Pichai on Monday said that he was devastated to see the worsening Covid crisis in India and pledged Rs 135 crore for medical supplies and support in the country.
“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,” the Indian-born Pichai wrote on the microblogging platform Twitter.
Google India Country Head Sanjay Gupta in a blog post said that the company will work with local governments in India to support them during the crisis.
“Our Google community and their families are feeling the devastating impact, too. We’re asking ourselves what more we can do as a company to ensure people get the information and support they need to keep their families and communities healthy and safe,” Gupta wrote in the blog post.
“Today we’re announcing Rs 135 Crore ($18 million) in new funding for India. This includes two grants from Google.org, Google’s philanthropic arm, totalling Rs 20 Crore ($2.6 million). 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. It also includes donations from our ongoing ..