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Published on: Aug. 22, 2020, 9:41 a.m.
A Toyota Kirloskar programme empowers 100,000 people
  • TKM employees distributed health and hygiene kits in their neighbourhoods in and around Bengaluru

By Sekhar Seshan. Consulting Editor, Business India

Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM) has been proactive in battling the Covid-19 crisis right since the onset of the pandemic, according to Vikram Gulati, the company’s country head in charge of corporate social responsibility. Working according to the needs of the community as well as by supporting the government’s efforts, the Bidadi, Bengaluru-based company has distributed health and hygiene kits to 25,000 families – totalling about 100,000 individuals.

The kits, containing a sanitiser bottle, three-ply masks and hand-wash soap, were given to 5,000 volunteering employees, each of whom distributed them to five families in their neighbourhoods in Bengaluru urban and rural areas. The employees also created awareness on the safety precautions vital to contain the viral outbreak, with special emphasis on maintaining health and hygiene. The intention behind involving the employees, Gulati says, was to propagate important hygiene practices and the use of masks to as many people as possible in their neighbourhoods.

The CSR initiative, Sanjeevini, involved the distribution of the health and hygiene kits a month-long period. The programme, one of many aimed at empowering the community, was meant to safeguard not just the company’s employees but also the other families in their neighbourhoods.

Earlier, TKM has donated Rs2 crore to the Karnataka Chief Minister’s Relief Fund, followed by the handing over of 3,000 Hazmat (hazardous materials) suits to the government’s health volunteers in the state. About 3,500 kits containing essentials were also given to daily wage workers, benefitting over 15,000 people. In addition, the company distributed sanitisers and masks to the state’s police personnel and deployed 14 of its buses to support the health department. It also supported its supplier partner, Stump Schuele and Somappa Springs - the largest quality spring maker in India for the automotive and various other industries - to ramp up its production of face shields from 275 per day to over 17,000.

A mobile medical unit donated to the Indian Institute of Science also helps scale up Covid-19 testing in the state, while 45 thermal scanners, 45,000 hand sanitisers, 100 beddings, consumables for 100 patients, 20 sets of equipment such as intravenous stands, blood pressure monitors and safety gear were supplied to the state health department. This safety gear comprised 12,000 examination gloves, 70,000 three-ply masks and 7,500 N95 masks. The company also donated fumigation equipment to the Victoria Hospital through Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute as well as to the local Bidadi town municipal corporation.


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