Honda India Foundation, the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) arm of Honda group companies, on Wednesday declared that it will help the Indian government with Rs 11 crore ($1.4 million) aid for relief and prevention efforts to battle the spread of coronavirus.
Furthermore, the company will also provide 2,000 units of high-pressure backpack sprayers to the various government agencies, the company said. These sprayers, powered by Honda engine can be utilized for disinfectant fumigation at hospitals, public transport, railway stations, public canteens and other general areas.
Honda also stated that it will help the regional administration to fight the crisis throughout all its manufacturing locations. The company further stated that it will let the regional administrations use the ambulances stationed at all of its plants, will give food packets to the underprivileged.
The company further stated that it will contribute financial aid to central and state governments’ relief funds in Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka, Gujarat, and Rajasthan; where it has got manufacturing plants. Other than that, associates across 5 Honda group companies in the country have pledged to donate one day’s salary towards the total relief aid.
“COVID-19 pandemic has caused an unprecedented situation and calls for mass-collaboration at all levels of society. Corporates and individuals need to come forward and contribute towards the country’s fight against the coronavirus,” said Minoru Kato, Chairman, Honda India Foundation.
He also said, “Besides the monetary aid, we are immediately offering 2,000 units of Honda engine powered Backpack sprayers which would be a direct contribution to help in government’s fumigation drive at public places at this critical phase. We stand one with the Indian government in its spirited battle against the COVID-19 outbreak.”
About 2,322 people in India have been confirmed as being infected with the coronavirus. The virus has killed 62 people in the country.