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Tata Trusts, Tata Sons join Covid-19 fight
Ratan Tata, chairman of the Trusts, and Tata Sons chairman N Chandrasekaran

The Tata Trusts has committed 5 billion and the Tata group 10 billion to India’s fight against the Covid-19 virus.

“The situation in India and across the world is of grave concern and needs immediate action,” said Ratan Tata, chairman of the Trusts and chairman emeritus of Tata Sons. “In this exceptionally difficult period, I believe that urgent emergency resources need to be deployed to cope with the needs of fighting the Covid-19 crisis, which is one of the toughest challenges the human race will face.”

The funds will be employed to provide protective equipment to medical personnel, testing kits, respiratory systems, modular treatment facilities and for knowledge management and training of health workers and the public.

The Trusts and Tata Sons and other Tata group companies are joined by local and global partners as well as the government to fight this crisis on a united platform, which will reach out to sections that are underprivileged and deprived, the Trusts said in a statement. “We will work together with the Tata Trusts and our chairman emeritus, Mr Tata, and would be fully supporting their initiatives,” Tata Sons chairman N Chandrasekaran added.

#TwoBinsLifeWins turns the lens on conservancy workers

T he Tata Trusts have launched #TwoBinsLifeWins, a campaign to engage citizens to adopt improved waste management practices. The campaign urges citizens to segregate waste at source and to bring dignity to the lives of India’s conservancy workers.

Mission Garima promotes safe and humane working conditions for conservancy workers in Mumbai. Under it, the Trusts have procured technologies to reduce human intervention in waste management.

The Trusts have provided personal protective equipment (PPE) to more than 150 conservancy workers. A model station for conservancy workers and more PPE sets have also now been provided.

The model station, located in Kurla, comprises office space, separate rooms for men and women, improved sanitation facilities and a storage area.

Collaborative commitment on climate action

The India Climate Collaborative (ICC), a first-of-its kind effort that seeks to direct funding and visibility towards climate action in the country, was launched recently. The collaborative, founded by the Indian philanthropic community, is aimed at crafting a joint response to the climate crisis in the country.

The coalition aims to shape a response to climate change that is attuned to the needs and development priorities of India. The intent is to stitch together an ecosystem to counter the climate-change threat and it brings into its fold government agencies, corporate bodies, communities and civil society.

The ICC’s roadmap for the future includes convening relevant entities to battle air pollution, conducting technical training on climate change for government officials from Rajasthan, and funding research studies to ascertain how philanthropy can help build climate-resilient communities.

Award-winning startup ideas stand tall to aid the disabled

Slip-proof crutches, an electric wheelchair designed for Indian terrain, a gaming tool for autism screening and a $1 speaking device are among the 14 products that have won awards under a programme run jointly by BIRAC, Mphasis and Social Alpha, the nonprofit startup incubator funded by the Tata Trusts.

The products in the programme, the idea behind which was to identify and support technologies that can improve the lives of people with disabilities, came from startup enterprises. The winners were chosen from more than 100 applicants and were based on parameters such as business model, technological innovation, product-market fit, affordability and accessibility, and socioeconomic impact.

The winners were awarded grant prizes of up to 5 million each and factors like completion of clinical trials, improvements in design-for-manufacturability and fulfilment of work orders were considered. They were also enrolled in the ‘Social Alpha accelerator for inclusive solutions’, a comprehensive and rigorous three-month programme.

Maharashtra, Goa top list

Maharashtra, among large and midsized states, and Goa, among small states, have come out on top in India’s first-ever ranking of states on their capacity to deliver justice.

The rankings were published in the India Justice Report 2019, supported by the Tata Trusts along with the Centre for Social Justice, Common Cause, the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative, DAKSH, TISS-Prayas and the Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy.

Cancer care is the focus 

T he Alamelu Charitable Foundation (ACF), an associate organisation of the Tata Trusts, has been on a campaign to increase awareness about the disease and to enhance early detection through screening drives

The starting point for the effort was February 4, observed as ‘world cancer day’. ACF and its partners screened some 5,500 people for cancer and other noncommunicable diseases, ran awareness events at about 100 locations across India and held training workshops to improve the capabilities of healthcare workers.

Back to class in Assam

T he Tata Trusts have started implementing a programme in four districts in Assam to bring dropouts back to school.

The programme, part of the Trusts’ Assam state initiative (education), involved house visits and community meetings in targeted villages to identify dropouts and unenrolled children in the 7-14 age group.

The objective of the programme is to bring 1,200 out-of-school children back into the formal education system. Remedial support is also planned for the children to ensure their retention.