Food processing firms, including Nestle India and ITC, donated over 150 tonnes of packaged food products and drinking water to flood-hit areas in Tamil Nadu.
“The industry rose to the occasion and made timely and efficient endeavour in providing necessary humanitarian assistance at the time of crisis and I hope they would continue to do so whenever such needs arise in future,” Food Processing Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal said.
The minister today invited top officials of all those food products companies which contributed in the relief work.
“In the meeting I have asked the companies that they should contribute in the rehabilitation work. And there were suggestions that how companies can play role in garbage cleaning and other steps, so I am looking forward for some more positive moves,” Badal said.
Among the firms that supplied food items include Nestle India (55.18 tonnes), ITC (33.08 tonnes), Parle (26.35 tonnes), Britannia (14.35 tonnes) and MTR group (10.05 tonnes).
Besides, Coca-Cola India provided 50,000 litres of water, Pepsico India 12,000 litres of water and Bisleri Ltd supplied 18,000 litres of water.
Mother Dairy Fruits and Vegetables provided 4 tonnes of packaged milk.
Speaking after the meeting, Nestle India CEO Suresh Narayanan said, “As a Nestle it is matter of great pride to us that despite challenges we made contribution of Rs 1.25 crore in terms of food products for the flood affected people.”