21-day lockdown: Mahindra suggests plan to help less-privileged families, and Biocon, Paytm founder call it 'best decision'

India Inc saw this step in a different and more positive light.

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(L-R) Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, Anand Mahindra and Vijay Shekhar Sharma lauded PM Modi's decision to lockdown India for 21 days.
NEW DELHI: Social distancing has become a keyword in India after Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a nation-wide lockdown for 21 days on Tuesday evening in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.

Right after PM Modi's speech, the announcement triggered panic-buying among the people of the country. However, India Inc saw this step in a different and more positive light.

The top honchos added logic, plans and a bit of humour to the situation, and called it the 'best move'.


Calling the lockdown 'necessary', Mahindra Group Chairman Anand Mahindra took to Twitter to express concerns about its devastating effects on the homeless, daily wage earners and contract workers. He then suggested a plan to make their lives easier. He proposed that people can arrange daily rations and essentials of at least three less-privileged families to help them get through this time better.


Marico Chairman Harsh Mariwala looked at the logical side of this situation. He said that 'it takes 21 days to form a new habit' and our time starts now.

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Further, breaking up the lockdown period, he wrote, "of these 21 days, 6 are weekends and 5 are bank holidays. Effectively, it's 21-11 = 10 less days of work." He requested people to just stay home, and the authorities will win the war against this pandemic in those 10 days.


Vijay Shekhar Sharma, Founder of Paytm, call PM Modi's move 'extraordinary' and the 'best decision for India'. He has currently changed his name on the microblogging site to 'Stay Home, Stay Safe'.


Former Google India head and Sequoia Capital India MD, Rajan Anandan, said that this is the worst global health crisis in over 100 years. Thanking PM Modi for the lockdown, he said that the next three weeks are the most-critical weeks in India since Independence.
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Kunal Shah, Founder of Freecharge and CRED, said he still couldn't believe this was happening. "A virus which is billion times smaller than a human being has billions of humans locked up in fear," he wrote.

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Calling the silence addictive, he posed a question if it would be fair to permanently ban honking now.



OYO Rooms founder Ritesh Agarwal said that the '21-day lockdown is the right decision in the interest of greater good'.


In a social media post, Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, Chairman and Managing Director of Biocon, called it the 'best move', and urged people to be disciplined and co-operate with the authorities. She also stressed on the need for police to enforce the curfew through awareness creation, and show empathy instead of being high-handed.


"Please sensitise police constables. It would be good if all those who are performing essential services are issued police stamped letters from respective organisations," she pointed out.

According to a PTI report, the biotech entrepreneur, on Wednesday, said the 21-day nation-wide lockdown is needed from the scientific point of view to collect required testing data to fully understand the severity of the disease. "The government has done the right thing. Scientifically, you need those three weeks," she added.

One has to step up testing as much more data is needed to know the extent of the affected population, those recovering and recovered and the severity of the disease, Mazumdar-Shaw said. She also mentioned that the present period needs to be used to step up testing to collect data.

Vishal Gondal, CEO of GOQii, said that people will remember this decision in the history books as the one which changed the world. "PM Modi, you have not locked 1.3 people in their homes, you have locked coronavirus from entering India," his post read.


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Chinese billionaire Jack Ma (C) showed his benevolent side as he pitched in to help the world fight the novel coronavirus. The founder of e-commerce major, Alibaba, Ma became the most talked about business figure after he said that he would marshall all available resources at his disposal to take on Covid-19. From donating emergency supplies (1.8M masks, 210K test kits, 36K protective suits, plus ventilators & thermometers) to Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Nepal, Pakistan & Sri Lanka in Asia to donating 20,000 test kits, 100,000 masks and 1,000 medical use protective suits in each of the 54 African countries, the 55-year-old proved that he was a good Samaritan whose charity was not mapped by geographical boundaries.



And even as the business magnate didn’t have India in his list of beneficiaries, there was much talk in the country about his act of generosity. And what followed were natural questions: who among India’s rich was doing a Jack Ma?



And it’s not just one individual, but a bunch of lion-hearted boardroom tycoons who have taken the pledge to help fight the virus that has thrown life off-track, in India and across the world.

Chinese billionaire Jack Ma (C) showed his benevolent side as he pitched in to help the world fight the novel coronavirus. The founder of e-commerce major, Alibaba, Ma became the most talked about bu..
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Indian software major Infosys, too, joined the Covid-19 fight with a Rs 100 crore donation. The Infosys Foundation has contributed half of this amount to the PM CARES Fund to expand hospital capacity for treatment and enable hospital stays for poor Covid-19 patients. The Foundation recently said it would help set up a hospital in Bengaluru exclusively to treat people infected by the virus.

Sudha Murty, who is the chairperson of the Infosys Foundation, said that “these are unprecedented times that require every section of the society to rise up to the challenge.” Infosys CEO Salil Parekh, while terming the Covid -19 pandemic as ‘one of the toughest challenges that the world has been faced with’, reiterated that it is imperative for businesses to join hands with the governments, civil society and healthcare institutions to support the communities.

Indian software major Infosys, too, joined the Covid-19 fight with a Rs 100 crore donation. The Infosys Foundation has contributed half of this amount to the PM CARES Fund to expand hospital capacity..
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On Sunday, as the country observed ‘Janata Curfew’ as a mark of appreciation for the selfless help provided by the caregivers, Anand Mahindra (in pic) shared some heartening news with his 7.5 mn followers on Twitter. The Mahindra Group chairman offered to convert Mahindra Holiday resorts as temporary care facilities. He also tweeted that the group will ‘immediately begin work on how our manufacturing facilities can make ventilators’.And that’s not all. He also pledged that the Mahindra Foundation will create a fund to assist SMEs and SMBs, ‘the hardest hit in our value chain’. The business tycoon himself pledged to contribute 100% of his salary to the fund, and keep adding to it over the course of the next few months.

On Sunday, as the country observed ‘Janata Curfew’ as a mark of appreciation for the selfless help provided by the caregivers, Anand Mahindra (in pic) shared some heartening news with his 7.5 mn fo..
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The Executive Chairman of Vedanta Resources Limited showed his generous side as he pledged Rs 100 cr to fight the pandemic. The 66-year-old Anil Agarwal (in pic), who tweeted a picture of his participation in the ‘Janata Curfew’, wrote on the micro-blogging platform that was ‘committing 100 cr towards fighting the Pandemic’. Expressing concern for the daily wage earners, he wrote that ‘we will do our bit to help’.
The Executive Chairman of Vedanta Resources Limited showed his generous side as he pledged Rs 100 cr to fight the pandemic. The 66-year-old Anil Agarwal (in pic), who tweeted a picture of his partici..
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Billionaire Gautam Adani joined the Covid-19 fight with a Rs 100 crore contribution by his group's philanthropy arm to the Prime Minister's Fund. Adani himself tweeted about the act of charity and wrote that the "Adani Foundation is humbled to contribute Rs 100 crore to the #PMcaresfund in this hour of India's battle against #COVID19." The Gujarat-based infrastructure conglomerate also promised to contribute additional resources to ‘support the government and fellow citizens in these testing times’.

Billionaire Gautam Adani joined the Covid-19 fight with a Rs 100 crore contribution by his group's philanthropy arm to the Prime Minister's Fund. Adani himself tweeted about the act of charity and wr..
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As the pandemic escalates across the states, Diageo India has pitched in as well to keep the spirits high. The global alcohol-beverage manufacturing brand has said that it will re-purpose its 15 units across the country to produce around 300,000 litres of sanitiser to help overcome the shortage.

"The demand for sanitisers is increasing, and we would like to use our manufacturing units to join in the effort to fill the demand-supply gap for sanitisers, so critical at this hour,” said Anand Kripalu, Managing Director and CEO.


Additionally, the British MNC said it will also donate 500,000 litres of Extra Neutral Alcohol (ENA) to the sanitiser industry to make 2 million units (of 250 ml each) hand sanitisers. Diageo has also pledged around 150,000 masks to 5 public health departments across the country for doctors, nurses and caregivers. Apart from that, the international liquor brand has pledged support with a Rs 3 crore health insurance cover for bartenders associated with the Diageo World Class programme in India.

As the pandemic escalates across the states, Diageo India has pitched in as well to keep the spirits high. The global alcohol-beverage manufacturing brand has said that it will re-purpose its 15 unit..
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Designer Anita Dongre (in pic) has shown her generous side as she pledged a medical fund of Rs 1.5 crore to support small vendors, self-employed artisans, and partners associated with her brand who may not have medical insurance or coverage. The 56-year-old Dongre, who is the founder of the House of Anita Dongre, wrote in a statement on Instagram on Monday that “Considering the swiftness of the crisis, we recognize that not many of them will have resources available to cover a potential medical emergency.” Dongre, whose designs have been donned by Deepika Padukone and the Duchess of Cambridge, tried to add a dash of optimism as she wrote “We are in this together and we will come out on the other side stronger.”

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Designer Anita Dongre (in pic) has shown her generous side as she pledged a medical fund of Rs 1.5 crore to support small vendors, self-employed artisans, and partners associated with her brand who m..
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Vijay Shekhar Sharma (in pic) has been vocal over the past few weeks about the coronavirus outbreak and what startups can do to survive “these testing times”. On Friday, the Paytm founder announced that he would be foregoing his salary for the next two months to help the Paytm office staff who may need it. And Sharma seemed to have drawn his inspiration from Marriott International President and CEO Arne Sorenson who had announced last week that in light of the financial impact of Covid-19 on Marriott and the hotel industry, he would be giving up his salary for the rest of 2020. In an emotional video posted on Twitter, he had also said that the Marriot top executive team would be taking a 50% pay cut to help the company steer through the challenging times.
Vijay Shekhar Sharma (in pic) has been vocal over the past few weeks about the coronavirus outbreak and what startups can do to survive “these testing times”. On Friday, the Paytm founder announced t..
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The Tata group (Ratan Tata, left, in pic) is known for its generosity and philanthropy, and going the extra mile in adverse conditions. Just weeks after the Covid-19 outbreak escalated, the manufacturing and auto behemoth has reassured all group companies that it will ensure full payments to their temporary workers and daily wage earners, for March and April, working across their offices and production sites in India. They would be paid even if they fail to report for work due to precautionary measures. Last week, Tata Sons Chairman, N Chandrasekaran (right. in pic), while acknowledging that the pandemic would have ‘a large and deep financial impact on the weaker socio- economic segments of society,’ reassured that all dues to MSMEs would be cleared.
The Tata group (Ratan Tata, left, in pic) is known for its generosity and philanthropy, and going the extra mile in adverse conditions. Just weeks after the Covid-19 outbreak escalated, the manufactu..
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Tata Trusts Chairman Ratan N Tata became the top trend on Twitter on March 28 right after he announced a massive Rs 500 crore to fight the Covid-19 pandemic raging around the world. Calling it as 'one of the toughest challenges that the human race will face', the 82-year-old businessman, who is well known for his philanthropy, shared the note from his charitable organisation.

He captioned the post, "Tata Trusts and Tata group companies have in the past risen to the needs of the nation. At this moment, the need of the hour is greater than any other time." Tata’s donation would be used for personal protective equipment for the medical personnel on the frontline, respiratory systems for treating increasing cases, testing kits to increase per capita testing and setting up modular treatment facilities for infected patients.

Tata Trusts Chairman Ratan N Tata became the top trend on Twitter on March 28 right after he announced a massive Rs 500 crore to fight the Covid-19 pandemic raging around the world. Calling it as 'on..
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