New Delhi: Honda India Foundation, the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) arm of all Honda group companies in India, Thursday pledged Rs. 11 crore aid for relief and prevention efforts for the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic in India. The statement said, “As part of this aid, Honda will immediately supply 2,000 units of Honda engine powered High-Pressure Backpack Sprayers to the various government agencies.
These light-weight powerful sprayers will be used for disinfectant fumigation at hospitals, public transport, railway stations, public canteens and other common areas.” “This unique initiative is taken by Honda in consultation with the government and is part of the collaborative efforts from the auto industry to support India’s preparation against Covid-19.
Disinfecting public spaces is an extremely critical part of preventing and controlling the spread of virus along with other aspects such as regular hand-washing etc,” it said. It said that Honda will support local administration efforts in all its manufacturing locations. “Honda will make available its ambulances stationed at all its plants for medical emergencies and support with food packets to take care the poor and underprivileged in these difficult times,” it added. To combat the deadly impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, Honda India Foundation will also contribute financial aid to Central and State governments’ relief funds in Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka, Gujarat and Rajasthan where manufacturing plants of Honda group companies are located, it said.
“Associates across all 5 Honda group companies in India have voluntarily pledged to donate one day’s salary towards the total relief aid,” it said. Minoru Kato, chairman Honda India Foundation said, “Covid-19 pandemic has caused an unprecedented situation and calls far mass-collaboration at all levels of society. Corporates and individuals need to come forward and contribute towards India’s fight against Coronavirus.