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Google commits Rs 135 crore to help fight coronavirus crisis in India

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Goggle has announced a commitment of Rs 135 crore (or approx $18 million) to fight the pandemic in India, which is hit hard by the second wave of Covid-19 infections. The commitment includes two grants from Google.org, Google’s philanthropic arm, totalling Rs 20 crore (or approx $2.6 million. The fund will help in getting urgent medical supplies,  including oxygen and testing equipments for India as the country sees record case numbers amid oxygen shortage.

“The first is to GiveIndia to provide cash assistance to families hit hardest by the crisis to help with their everyday expenses. The second will go to UNICEF to help get urgent medical supplies, including oxygen and testing equipment, to where it’s needed most in India,” said Sanjay Gupta, Country Head and VP,  Google India.

The funding also includes ad support for public health campaigns. In fact,  the tech giant has increased ad grants support by pumping additional Rs 112 crore (or approx $15 million) to help local authorities and non-profits for more language coverage options. In addition, over 900 ongoing Google employees have contributed Rs 3.7 crore (or approx $500,000) for organisations supporting high-risk and marginalised communities.

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