On 28th March, 2020, Ratan Tata, Chairman Emeritus, Tata Sons, the parent company of Tata Motors, announced that Tata Trusts had pledged Rs. 500 crores to help in the fight against the dreaded COVID-19 or coronavirus. Within a short while of this news, Tata Sons followed suit, pledging Rs. 1,000 crores donation towards the same cause.
The amount would be used to purchase personal protective equipment for the medical personnel on the frontlines, respiratory systems for treating increasing cases, purchase of testing kits, setting up modular treatment facilities for infected patients and for knowledge management and training of health workers and the general public. Tata Trusts Chairman Ratan N Tata said, “The COVID 19 crisis is one of the toughest challenges we will face as a race. The Tata Trusts and the Tata group companies have in the past risen to the needs of the nation. At this moment, the need of the hour is greater than any other time.”
“In this exceptionally difficult period, I believe that urgent emergency resources need to be deployed to cope with the needs of fighting the COVID 19 crisis, which is one of the toughest challenges the human race will face… We are deeply grateful and have immense respect for every person of member organisations who have risked their life and safety to fight this pandemic,” Tata added.
As per the statement put out by Chandrasekaran – Chairman, Tata Sons, “We will work together with the Tata Trusts and our Chairman Emeritus, Mr. Tata and would be fully supporting their initiatives, and work in a collaborative manner to bring the full expertise of the group. In addition to the initiatives articulated by Tata Trusts, we are also bringing in the ventilators necessary and are gearing up to also manufacture the same soon in India. The country is facing an unprecedented situation and crisis. All of us would have to do whatever it takes to alleviate and enhance the quality of lives of the communities we serve.”
Tata Trusts, Tata Sons and the Tata group companies are joined by local and global partners and the government, to fight this crisis on a united public health collaboration platform, which will strive to reach out to sections that are underprivileged and deprived.