TVS, along with Sundaram Clayton and its group companies, will provide oxygen concentrators, PPE kits, medicines and medical equipment across the country.
TVS Motor Company has pledged ₹ 40 crore, along with Sundaram Clayton and its group companies, to support nationwide efforts to curb the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. The funds will be utilised to provide life-saving supplies such as oxygen concentrators, PPE kits, medicines and medical equipment across the country, TVS said in a statement. The initiative is undertaken by Srinivasan Services Trust (SST), the social arm of TVS Motor Company and Sundaram Clayton Ltd. Last year, TVS Motor Company announced a contribution of ₹ 60 crore towards relief efforts across various states during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. Over the past year, the company has provided close to 2 million food packets and over 1 million face masks to healthcare and essential services workers.
As part of the latest initiative, TVS will supply 2,000 oxygen concentrators to hospitals and health centres, and over 20,000 food packets per day for essential services workers in Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Himachal Pradesh during the ongoing second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. The company will also distribute over a million face masks, thousands of oximeters and PPE kits, hand sanitisers, as well as essential medicines to more than 500 government health centres and hospitals in these states. The company will continue to facilitate all possible assistance to COVID-19 care centres in rural areas across the country.
Commenting on this, Venu Srinivasan, Chairman, TVS Motor Company, said, “We are experiencing an unprecedented crisis due to the deadly second wave of the COVID-19 outbreak in our country. This situation demands that we unify our efforts towards mitigating the severe impact of the pandemic. We are working with the government to provide assistance to various health centres in rural India and create easy medical accessibility at the grassroots. We are focused on doing whatever it takes to alleviate and enhance the quality of lives of the communities we serve, as we have done in our 100-year history.”
TVS Motor Company is also working closely with two hospitals in Chennai, Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital and Stanley Medical College Hospital, to support them with supplies and aid their effort in treating COVID-19 patients, the statement said. The company is working with local authorities and has dedicated two ambulances for villages near the TVS Motor Company factories in Hosur and Mysore. These ambulances are equipped with essential medical facilities for the immediate treatment of patients with mild COVID-19 symptoms.
TVS is also providing protective face masks and food packets to company employees and the communities near the company’s plants and offices. TVS Motor Company has also assured that it will cover all employees’ medical expenses towards COVID-19 treatment. Having vaccinated all employees above 45 years, as a next step, the company will ramp up its effort to extend the vaccination drive for everyone above the age of 18. The company recently launched an exclusive employee connect dashboard TVS-ICE (In Case of The Emergency) App, an emergency response mechanism for employees and their families in need of health, hospitalisation, home care, general medical support, insurance, pregnancy, and cash/financial support. The company has also introduced an employee assistance programme to address issues related to anxiety, mental health and well-being, amongst others.