Honda India earmarks Rs 6.5 cr for COVID relief measures

New Delhi : Honda India Foundation on Monday announced to earmark a sum of Rs 6.5 cr towards COVID-19 support and relief measures.

“The foundation is closely working with State Governments of Haryana, Rajasthan, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh and Gujarat and has earmarked a sum of INR 65 million towards these relief measures in this phase,” the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) arm of all Honda group companies said.

“We are working with various stakeholders to ensure that on-ground efforts can run seamlessly. It is time to stand together for each other, with the belief that we will sail through this,” foundation’s Chairman Atsushi Ogata said.

As part of this aid, the Foundation will be setting up temporary COVID Care isolation centres and Oxygen Production Plants. A 100-bed facility is being created at Honda’s warehouse facility in Manesar in Haryana and another 50-100 bed facility at the Government Girl School in Tapukara, Rajasthan. These temporary COVID-19 care centres are expected to commence operation from next week onwards. Similar isolation centres are being explored in other locations.

The foundation is also working with state governments to set up Oxygen Production Plants in the districts of Kolar (Karnataka), Gautam Budh Nagar (Uttar Pradesh), Alwar (Rajasthan) and Manesar (Haryana).

Honda India Foundation has already started an extensive distribution exercise to help the local administration’s efforts in all the 5 states by providing Protection kits (PPE, Mask, Sanitisers) and Food packets for front line warriors and Medical equipment such as Pulse Oximeter, Thermometers, Oxygen Concentrators for Government Hospitals in Rural areas.