coronavirus: Covid-19 Impact: Realty Firm Embassy Group reaches out to Karnataka government to fight the pandemic

BENGALURU: As the nation copes with the effects of the rapid spread of Covid-19, Embassy Group, India’s Leading Property Developer and some of top Fortune 500 companies have come together to help the Karnataka state government fight the pandemic.

Embassy has received commitments of over Rs 40 Lakhs towards supporting the Government in the fight against Covid-19. The property development firm has around 190 corporates across Embassy’s Office Parks.

Earlier this week the firm has reached out to Karnataka Chief Minister, BS Yediyurappa, to identify how best private companies can contribute towards addressing the impact.

Jitu Virwani, Chairman and Managing Director, Embassy Group, said, “It’s the responsibility of each one of us to play a role in lessening the virus’ damaging impact. I implore all corporates to join us and the Government of Karnataka in collaborating to support the vulnerable members of our society, our healthcare professionals and all others at the forefront of dealing with the virus. Together, we can do more to support our communities during this challenging time.”

The CM’s office has shared a directive with information on how to contribute towards the mitigation of the spread of the virus. This includes the set up of a bank account to receive tax-exempt donations towards a Chief Minister’s Relief Fund.

A representative from Cerner, Embassy’s CSR partner in Healthcare Initiatives, added, “During this unprecedented time, containing the spread of Covid-19 has become a priority and it will take all of our efforts to do so. In this time of need, we must all do our bit in coming to the aid of the most vulnerable. Cerner has been keen to do our part in supporting actions taken to fight against this pandemic – we were approached by Embassy to join them in collaboratively giving back to society during this time. We have already pledged our aid and invite other corporates to do so.”

Embassy has previously partnered with 20 corporates towards 34 joint projects in the space of CSR, and advocates for collaborative solutions for shared problems.

The Karnataka state government is striving hard to contain the spread of covid-19 pandemic. The state is only third in terms of total number of confirmed cases across the country. Currently, India’s coronavirus case count stands at 877, of whom 73 have recovered and 20 have succumbed to the disease, as per Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Centre.

India announced a $22.6bn economic stimulus package including cash transfers and food security measures, offering relief to the poor across the country hit by the nationwide lockdown to withstand the novel coronavirus pandemic.

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