Google’s Sundar Pichai donates ₹5 crore to Give India for COVID-19 fight

Google has teamed up with Apple to work on a contact tracing approach designed with strong controls

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Sundar Pichai, Chief Executive Officer of Google | PTI File Photo

Online donation platform Give India on Monday (April 13) said Google chief Sundar Pichai has donated ₹5 crore to it, matching his company’s earlier donation, for the COVID-19 pandemic.

In a tweet, Give India said, “Thank you @sundarpichai for matching @Googleorg’s Rs 5 crore grant to provide desperately needed cash assistance for vulnerable daily wage worker families…”

Previously, Google had announced an over $800 million commitment towards efforts to tackle COVID-19 pandemic that has claimed thousands of lives across the world. This includes $200 million investment fund for NGOs and banks to help small businesses access capital.


Besides, Google has also teamed up with Apple to work on a contact tracing approach designed with strong controls and protections for user privacy.

Corporate India has been rushing in to help the government and citizens fight the pandemic in India. Tata Trusts and Tata group together have pledged ₹1,500 crore — by far the highest by any corporate.

Wipro Ltd, Wipro Enterprises Ltd and Azim Premji Foundation have together committed ₹1,125 crore, while a number of other companies are also extending support efforts like providing sanitizers, masks and meals to people.

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Paytm, in a separate statement on Monday, said it has contributed 4 lakh masks and 10 lakh hygiene products to army, CRPF and health workers fighting COVID-19. These authorities would distribute them to the personnel working in the frontline to help control the outspread, it added.

“The company hopes that its contribution of masks and hygiene products including soaps, hand-washes, sanitisers, and rubs would help all volunteers and workers stay safe during these tough times,” the statement noted.

The death toll in India due to the pandemic rose to 324 on Monday while the number of cases climbed to 9,352, according to the Union health ministry.

(With inputs from agencies)