With many companies in India laying off their employees and daily-wages workers, Ratan Tata has, again, risen to the occasion and announced that Tata Group will ensure full payments to their temporary workers and daily wage earners, for March and April, working across their offices and production sites in India. Not just that, they would receive their full payments even if they failed to report to work due to precautionary methods.
In addition to this, The Tata Trust also announced a massive INR 500 crore to fight the COVID-19 pandemic around the world. The donation would be used for personal protective equipment for the medical personnel on the frontline, respiratory systems for treating increasing cases, testing kits to increase per capita testing and setting up modular treatment facilities for infected patients.
Ratan Tata rightly tweeted, "The COVID 19 crisis is one of the toughest challenges we will face as a race... At this moment, the need of the hour is greater than any other time." The COVID-19 is indeed the toughest challenges that we, as a race, are facing and the least we can do is make it lesser difficult for the ones who aren't as privileged as us. Even though your house-help didn't work for the whole month, do you think to deduct their pay is the right thing to do in this trying time? With limited supplies available, instead of thinking of a pay cut, we should provide for them. This is the time they need our help the most.
One does not necessarily need to donate in cash, the smallest of efforts now can make a big, big difference. Something as simple as helping them stock up groceries or providing them with safety kits and medicines, or even educating them about the various precautions that they need to take during this time.
With leading businessmen contributing and pledging to help governments, the healthcare sector, and the weaker socio-economic segments of the society, it is time that we, as a race, stand together to help one another. As we're in a 21-day nation-wide lockdown, be responsible and listen to what your leaders are saying to you; please maintain social distancing, maintain personal hygiene, sanitise your hands, and wash your hands.
In this trying time, we all stand together and must come forward to help the ones in need. Always remember, your greatness is not what you have; it's what you give.