There’s empathy as much there are hefty cheques to take home, in the tech world. The war against COVID-19 is involving all sections of society. Besides larger efforts at the corporate level, professionals in their individual capacities too are pitching in.
Raghav Singhal, an IIT-Kharagpur graduate has just pledged 10 percent of his lifetime salary to actor-philanthropist Sonu Sood’s charity. “The pandemic has worsened. I decided to contribute for Covid-relief thinking about the immediate issues. There are many people who request for hospital beds, medicines or oxygen concentrators. I make my best efforts to procure and provide to the needy free of cost. I am happy to pledge 10 percent of my lifetime salary to help others. I insist my IIT fellows to start donating today otherwise there won’t be any tomorrow. Start with a small single-digit percentage of your salary today. I urge people to help at least one person in need around them, today, wherever they are,” Singhal told The Electronics.
Besides making his own contribution, Singhal, on Twitter, has also requested fellow IITians to come forward and get involved in the act. “Donated an oxygen concentrator & pledged 10% of lifetime salary to @SoodFoundation @SonuSood who is helping lacs of workers. I insist fellow IITians and youth to pledge at least 1% in this dark time. Help people in need around you, wherever however you can #youthwithsood,” he tweeted. “Thank u my brother, we need heroes like u,” Sonu Sood responded with folded hands emoji. “I got a video call from Sonu Sood. He appreciated the fact and suggested to inspire more people to do the same,” Singhal added.
Social media is flooded with requests for help. The desperate situation has moved the mostly-reserved tech-community. The techies aren’t sitting back.
Sumit Chandani, another IIT-Kharagpur graduate has announced to contribute one percent of his lifetime salary. “Apart from providing food to affected people, I decided to support further after witnessing people’s sufferings. I am making my efforts to revive the subsiding hopes in this situation,” said Chandani. With Singhal and his family running food drives in Indore, Chandani is helping to run food drives in and around Khudlu gate in Bengaluru.
Harshveer Jain, an IIT-Bombay graduate is also among the techie contributors. Raising funds with his Instagram page through branding for big companies, he joins the Covid cause. “I make sure to check the credibility of the needs posted on request and extend help adapting to the requirements. Some may need hospital beds or some need oxygen concentrators. With many followers, friends and colleagues, I put in my best efforts to meet their requirements. We techies are not any formalized group, just coming together to fight the pandemic,” said Jain.
Techies in Chennai have also started a donation drive, called ‘Donate & Discuss’. This drive encourages to donate to the COVID-19 relief fund, either in terms of monetary or non-monetary basis like donating plasma. On producing proof of donation, the donor can gain mentorship from professionals and entrepreneur experts free of cost.
At global level, as well, the tech world isn’t sitting low. Google CEO Sundar Pichai has already announced Google providing ₹135 crores to UNICEF, for meeting resource shortages, and to GiveIndia to provide cash assistance for families hit by the pandemic, along with some grants for public health campaigns.
Several states in India including the capital have reported a severe shortage of resource crunch especially on three significant necessities – hospital beds, Covid care medicine and oxygen concentrators. According to the WHO, India has reported 18,762,976 confirmed covid cases (as on 30 April 2021). The country is coping with the worst COVID-19 surge this year fighting shortages.
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