Vedanta chief Anil Agarwal joins Bill Gates, Jack Ma, others in pledging millions against Coronavirus

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Updated: March 22, 2020 7:42 PM

"Many people are facing uncertainty & I’m specially concerned about the daily wage earners, we will do our bit to help," said Vedanta Founder and Chairman Anil Agarwal.

Agarwal has committed Rs 100 crore against the Coronavirus disease. (File Photo)

Metals and mining magnate Anil Agarwal has joined the small yet growing list of billionaires and deep-pocketed businesses globally pledging millions of dollars to fight against the carnage wreaked by the deadly Coronavirus that emanated from China’s Wuhan province late last year. Tweeting his pledge on Sunday, Vedanta Resources Founder and Chairman Agarwal said: “I am committing 100 cr towards fighting the Pandemic.” Agarwal added that “#DeshKiZarooratonKeLiye is a pledge that we undertook & this is the time when our country needs us the most. Many people are facing uncertainty & I’m specially concerned about the daily wage earners, we will do our bit to help.”

In January this year, Alibaba founder Jack Ma had donated $14.4 million through his foundation called Jack Ma Foundation, CNN reported. This month he also pledged to donate millions and thousands of virus testing kits across the US, Asian and African countries. In February, Bill Gates and his wife Melinda Gates philanthropic arm — The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation had committed $100 million to “improve detection, isolation and treatment efforts; protect at-risk populations in Africa and South Asia; and accelerate the development of vaccines, drugs and diagnostics,” the foundation had announced on its. In January as well, the foundation had committed $10 million.

Chinese technology giants including Tencent, search giant Baidu, and internet company ByteDance, which owns TikTok, had also donated. While Tencent and Baidu donated $42.2 million each (300 million yuan), ByteDance pledged $28.1 million (200 million yuan), according to China Daily. Others contributing to the fight included Walmart with $25 million pledge, Netflix’s $100 million relief fund.

Earlier on Sunday, Mahindra chairman Anand Mahindra had announced in a Twitter thread offering Club Mahindra Resorts as temporary hospitals and also helping government/army in setting up more such hospitals. Mahindra had also said his company will immediately start working on how its manufacturing facilities can make ventilators. Globally over 3.18 lakh cases have been reported for Coronavirus and 13,671 people have died, as per Worldometer. In India, 360 people stood Coronavirus positive while seven deaths have been reported.

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