Mahindra today announced opening its kitchens in 10 locations across India to help supply meals and ration to the people in need. Mahindra and Mahindra CEO and MD, Pawan Goenka today announced on social media that the company has supplied 50,000 meals, and 10,000 ration packets in a week. So far, the company has helped supply food to 50,000 migrant and daily wage workers. In his post, Pawan Goenka has also said that the company is offering its kitchen infrastructure to be used by others who might want to prepare meals for the needy during these tough times. These Mahindra kitchens could help prepare up to 10,000 meals in a day.
On clarion call from @PiyushGoyal mahindra opened its kitchen at 10 locations. We have supplied 50000 meals, 10000 rations this week. Making our kitchen infra available for others to use for up to 10000 meals a day.Please contact @shi_joshi. @MahindraRise pic.twitter.com/mSkUHzsePB— Pawan K Goenka (@GoenkaPk) April 5, 2020
Simultaneously, the company is also working on other measures to help prevent the spread of this deadly virus in the country. Mahindra is already working on making ventilators for coronavirus patients and has started testing its in-house respiratory device. Furthermore, Mahindra has also kickstarted the production of face shield at its Kandivali facility for medical professionals and healthcare providers. In fact, Goenka recently announced that the first 50,000 face shields will be given free of cost across India.
Additionally, the company is willing to help anyone who wants to make face masks in this battle against the pandemic. In fact, responding to the initiative a Mumbai based start-up that makes sanitary napkins asked for Mahindra's to modify their machines to make 3-ply masks. And in 4 days flat Mahindra engineers have responded to the call and set up a manufacturing line inside Mahindra's Kandivali plant in Mumbai. The company has confirmed that within ten days the production will be ramped to make 10,000 masks per day.
Among other carmakers, Hyundai has orders advanced COVID-19 testing kits for Korea to help over 25,000 people, and carmakers like Maruti Suzuki and Tata Motor are also worked on making ventilators. Others like Tata Trusts, Bajaj, Skoda VW, Hero and TVS among many more have pledged huge amounts of funds to help the nation in the fight against coronavirus