Anand Mahindra, chairman, Mahindra & Mahindra, tweeted that India looks like it is already on the brink of the third stage of transmission, of the coronavirus epidemic. Mahindra has offered his entire salary to help with setting up of facilities to deal with the menace. He has also ordered the Mahindra Group factories to start manufacturing ventilators, to fulfil the rising demand during this crisis.
Having followed reports by epidemiologists, Mahindra realised that the number of people infected with the COVID-19 in India is rising by the day, and at this rate, if the number of casualties runs into millions, the nation will face a huge shortage of medical infrastructure. And therefore, to help in this hour of need, Mahindra has put his Company’s manufacturing facilities to work on producing ventilators.
Mahindra has also offered the resorts of Mahindra Holidays to be used as temporary healthcare facilities. He has also assured that the Mahindra Group’s project team will always be ready to help the Indian Army or the Government to set up temporary care facilities, wherever and whenever required.
The Group, which is worth about $20.7 billion is also planning to create a fund via the Mahindra Foundation, which will lend financial support to the small businesses and self-employed population that have borne the maximum brunt of the crisis.