Google CEO Sundar Pichai ‘devastated’ by COVID situation in India, pledges Rs 135 crores to help in crisis

April 26, 2021 | Updated 11:27 am

Google CEO Sundar Pichai ‘devastated’ by COVID situation in India, pledges Rs 135 crores to help in crisis Screen grab of Google CEO Sundar Pichai speaking at DAVOS 2020

New Delhi: Google and Alphabet chief executive officer Sundar Pichai expressed his concern on the current situation in India and said that he was ‘devastated’ by the ‘worsening’ Covid crisis and announced that the technology giant will provide Rs 135 crore to finance relief measures in the country.

Pichai took to Twitter on Monday and 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.”

In a blog post, Sanjay Gupta, Country Head & VP in India, announced the details of the pledge made by the company CEO. “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. ”

Since last year, Google has worked with MyGov and the World Health Organization to reach people with messages focused on how to stay safe and facts about vaccines. Gupta in his post added that they are increasing their support with an additional 112 Crore INR ($15 million) in Ad Grants to local health authorities and nonprofits for more language coverage options.

According to Ministry of Health, India reported 3,52,991 new COVID-19 cases pushing the total tally of the country to 1,73,13,163 cases on Monday. While more than 2800 people lost their lives in the last 24 hours. As per the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, as many as 2812 deaths were reported in the last 24 hours.