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Reliance Establishes India’s First Dedicated Covid-19 Hospital to Pay Hired Workers’ Wages

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NEW DELHI: Reliance Industries said on Monday it will pay the wages of temporary and contract workers even in the event of no work due to the coronavirus outbreak, India’s first dedicated Covid-19 hospital in Mumbai established, will increase capacity of mask production and will provide free meals and fuel to deal with the crisis.

In a series of measures to tackle the pandemic, India’s largest company in a statement said it “has initiated a strategy of prevention, mitigation and ongoing support” that can be further expanded as needed.

In detailing the measures, the telecommunications oil conglomerate said it has established “India’s first dedicated Covid-19 hospital.”

“In a short period of just two weeks, the Sir HN Reliance Foundation Hospital, in collaboration with the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), has established a dedicated 100-bed center at Seven Hills Hospital, Mumbai for patients who test positive for Covid -19.

“This first center of its kind in India is fully funded by the Reliance Foundation and includes a negative pressure room that helps prevent cross contamination and helps control infection. All beds are equipped with the necessary infrastructure, biomedical equipment such as like ventilators, pacemakers, dialysis machines and patient monitoring devices, “he said.

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In addition, the Sir H N Reliance Foundation Hospital in Mumbai has offered to establish special medical facilities to quarantine travelers from reported countries and suspicious cases identified through contact tracing. “This will rapidly increase additional facilities for the isolation and treatment of infected patients.”

Reliance has built a fully equipped isolation facility in Lodhivali, Maharashtra, and turned it over to district authorities, even as Reliance Life Sciences is importing additional test kits and consumables for effective testing.

“Our doctors and researchers are also working overtime to find a cure for this deadly virus,” the statement said.

With 415 coronavirus cases and seven deaths, several cities and states have declared the blockade to control the spread of the virus. India Inc has joined the government effort to deal with the crisis.

Reliance said it is increasing its production capabilities to produce 100,000 face masks per day and a large number of personal protective equipment (PPE), such as suits and clothing, so that health workers are further equipped to combat the coronavirus challenge.

“Reliance will provide free fuel for all emergency service vehicles used to transport patients and people in quarantine from Covid-19,” he said.

In addition, the Reliance Foundation will provide free meals to people in various cities in association with NGOs for those whose livelihood has been affected by the current crisis.

The firm said that “it will continue to pay contract and temporary workers, even if work has been stopped due to this crisis.”

For its employees who earn less than Rs 30,000 per month, wages will be paid twice a month to protect their cash flow, according to the statement. “Reliance has moved the majority of its employees to its Work-From-Home platform, except for those who perform critical functions in maintaining the Jio (telecommunications) network for nearly 40 million customers and in providing an uninterrupted supply of fuel, groceries and other essentials. everyday items. ”

In its retail business, the company said: “All 736 Reliance Retail grocery stores across the country will ensure a sufficient supply of essentials, including staples, fruits and vegetables, bread, breakfast cereals and other household items. daily so that citizens do not need to supply. ”

“Grocery stores will be open longer, from 7 am to 11 pm, whenever possible,” he said, adding that the company is activating home ordering and delivery for seniors, as well as activating order and pickup. in the showcase for consumers and store Staff is not exposed.

Reliance Retail will deploy essential item vehicles in certain areas for sale to customers at its doorstep during the full shutdown, according to the statement, adding that the firm’s gasoline pumps will remain open to customers to ensure there is no fuel shortage. .

All store personnel are adequately trained and protected by masks and follow a strict hygiene regime, he added.

To allow India to stay connected during the blockade, Reliance’s telecom arm Jio combines its digital capabilities with Microsoft Teams, the unified communication and collaboration center for teamwork in Office 365, to enable individuals, students, institutions educational and health care continue their professional lives. without ceasing to practice social distancing.

Your broadband service, JioFiber will provide 10 Mbps of connectivity, as long as it is geographically feasible, at no service charge, during the blocking period. “Jio will also provide domestic gateway routers with a minimum refundable deposit.”

“Jio will provide dual data through its complementary 4G data vouchers. It will also include non-Jio voice call minutes in these vouchers at no additional cost, to meet the growing need for these services,” the statement added.

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