COVID19 impact: BMW Group India to spend Rs 8 crore on health infrastructure
BMW Group India has committed to spend an additional Rs 5 crore, over an earlier commitment of Rs 3 crore, towards augmenting healthcare infrastructure and medical services in Gurugram (Delhi NCR) and in Chengalpattu, Tamil Nadu.
BMW India is tying up with government authorities and NGOs to help utilize these funds effectively. The company has imported 150 oxygen concentrators into the country which will be utilised by an oxygen bank in Gurugram (Delhi NCR) operated by GiveIndia, a non-governmental organisation.
Through its CSR arm, BMW India Foundation, the company has set up an isolation ward and PCR lab at Chengalpattu Government Hospital. A further commitment to provide RT-PCR lab equipment and microbial detection systems to expand COVID-19 testing has also been made. The Foundation has worked closely with the Gurugram district health administration for sample collection and vaccination drives by providing mobile vans and rapid antigen kits. Critical care equipment has been provided to Gurugram Civil Hospital and an isolation ward has been created for the police department at Manesar. In both Gurugram and Chennai, frontline health workers and patients have been supported with PPE Kits, face shields and masks. The Foundation has also distributed meals and ration kits to the underprivileged.
BMW Group India has organized vaccination drives for its own employees and their families. The company has also initiated a 'Doctor-On-Call' facility to help employees with COVID19 or illnesses during this period. Oxygen concentrators have been imported by BMW for employee use while employee's term life insurance now allows employee's families affected by the disease to continue receiving the last drawn monthly gross salary for the next three years.