Mysore/Mysuru: JK Organisation, which has diversified interests including tyres, cement and paper, on Friday pledged Rs. 10 crore for fight against the Coronavirus pandemic.
While a large part of the fund will go to Prime Minister’s Relief Fund, the rest will be utilised in meeting the immediate needs of communities and migrant labour, currently underway, at several locations across the country, the Organisation said in a statement.
“The relief work undertaken by the member companies JK Tyre, JK Paper, JK Lakshmi Cement, JK Fenner and others are going on for quite some time at several places; it includes distribution of food, drinking water, masks, sanitisers, safety kits for various frontline workers of health and sanitation departments, creation of isolation wards etc.,” the statement said.
Commenting on the initiatives, JK Organisation President Bharat Hari Singhania said, “Integral to our philosophy of making a substantive impact on the ground and working for the needy, we have been fighting the battle at several fronts by supporting the communities, helping migrant labours and our own employees families residing at our plant townships.”
The Organisation is also constantly looking at ways to plug the shortfall of masks, protective gears, sanitisers and other items of necessity at community level.
JK Organisation is also supporting Government officials, Police and Government Hospital employees with packed food and drinking water with help of NGOs.
It has been supporting District Health Department by providing ambulance, safety materials, masks, soaps, hand gloves to sanitary workers in Municipal Corporations.
In more than 150 villages around JK Organisation’s plant across several States, the company has educated people about COVID-19 through public address systems, door-to-door visits, banners and posters at prominent locations and fumigation drives.
More than 20,000 masks and sanitisers have been distributed in the villages. The Organisation has set up 50 medical camps in villages to check for symptoms.
Awareness sessions were conducted for nearly 5,000 truck drivers, suppliers and other vendors and provided with masks as well as sanitisers.
NOTE: This information was e-mailed to ‘SOM’ by M. Anand, DGM – HR&IR, JK Tyre and Industries Ltd., KRS Road, Mysuru.—Ed.