Mukesh Ambani and Nita Ambani
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Billionaire Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Industries Ltd. (RIL) on Monday announced a donation of Rs. 500 crore to the PM CARES Fund to combat COVID19.

The donation from Reliance Industries comes in response to the call by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to support the nation’s fight against the Coronavirus (COVID19) onslaught.

RIL also informed that in addition to the financial contribution to the PM CARES Fund, the company has also provided contributions of Rs. 5 crore each to the governments of Maharashtra and Gujarat to support their fights against COVID19.

“RIL also continues its 24×7, multi-pronged, on-the-ground effort to do its bit to ensure the nation remains prepared, fed, supplied, safe, connected and motivated to fight and win against the unprecedented challenges brought upon by the Coronavirus pandemic,” RIL said in a statement.

RIL has already deployed the strengths of the Reliance Family on this action plan against COVID19.

“RIL and its motivated team have stepped up in the cities and villages, on roads and lanes, clinics and hospitals, grocery and retail stores, and it has pressed additional capabilities into the service of the nation,” it added.

Besides, RIL and Reliance Foundation are also leading with a significant effort that encompasses several initiatives.

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These include the building of India’s first 100-bedded exclusive hospital in just two weeks to handle COVID19 patients, 50 lakh free meals in the next 10 days across the nation and scaling up rapidly to more meals and newer areas.

The initiative has also been taken to produce one lakh masks daily for health-workers and caregivers, thousands of PPEs daily for health-workers and caregivers and provide free fuel across the country to notified emergency response vehicles.

It further said Jio has been seamlessly connecting nearly 40 crore individuals and thousands and thousands of organisations daily on its telecom backbone via ‘work from home’, ‘study from home’ and ‘health from home’ initiatives, helping to keep the country going.

It said Reliance Retail has been providing essential supplies daily for millions of Indians via stores and home deliveries.

RIL remains committed to supporting India’s response to the Covid-19 challenge and will continue to build up its support till the challenge is overcome, it stated.

RIL chairman and managing director Mukesh Ambani said, “We are confident that India will conquer the coronavirus crisis sooner rather than later.”

“The entire Reliance Industries Limited team is with the nation in this hour of crisis and will do everything to win this battle against COVID-19,” it added.

Reliance Foundation’s founder chairman Nita Ambani said, “As the nation comes together to fight the Covid-19 pandemic, all of us at Reliance Foundation stand in solidarity with our countrymen and women, especially those on the frontlines to whom we pledge our full support.”

“Our doctors and staff have helped set up India’s first COVID-19 Hospital and are committed to supporting the government in exhaustive screening, testing, prevention, and treatment of COVID-19,” she added.

“The need of the hour is also for us to support our marginalized and daily wage communities. Through our meal distribution programme, we aim to feed lakhs of people daily across the country,” Nita Ambani further said.

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