Sunder Pichai pledges support in India’s COVID fight, announces USD 18 ml new funding for India

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Biznextindia : Google CEO Sunder Pichai has expressed concern over India’s worsening COVID-19 situation which has peaked to a record high.

In a tweet he said “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”.

India on Monday said that it has registered yet another record spike in COVID-19 cases with more than 3.5 lakh new cases and 2812 deaths in last 24 hours.

In a blog post Google Country head and VP Sanjay Gupta, announced Rs. 135 crore (USD 18 ml) new funding for India through Give India and UNICEF.

“Today we’re announcing 135 Crore INR ($18 million USD) in new funding for India. This includes two grants from Google.org, Google’s philanthropic arm, totalling 20 Crore INR ($2.6 million USD). 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 employee giving campaign — so far more than 900 Googlers have contributed 3.7 Crore INR ($500,000 USD) for organizations supporting high-risk and marginalized communities”
said Mr. Gupta.

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