After unprecedented loss of life and property in the flood- ravaged state of Uttarakhand, several city corporates have pitched in to help the victims.
While some firms have collaborated with NGOs working for the flood-hit Himalayan Valley, employees of several other have decided to contribute one day’s salary to either the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund or the Uttarakhand Chief Minister’s relief fund.
“We have tied up with NGO Goonj’s Rahat Floods campaign. Our employees are donating ration, clothes, utensils, medicines and cash. The company will match the monetary contributions from employees to the cause,” said Manas Fuloria, co-founder and MD (Europe), Nagarro Software.
According to the Haryana Information Technology and Telecom-Enabled Industries Confederation (Hitec), member companies such as Ericsson India, Cisco and Alcatel Lucent have also sent relief materials to Uttarakhand. Founding member of Hitec, Pradeep Yadav, said, “We are gathering more resources. Firms have decided to contribute R1 lakh each along with relief materials like food and clothes.”
IT firm Hughes Systique Corporation’s managing director Vinod Sood said employees there have started collecting clothes and dry fruits and a decision on monetary contribution will be taken by the end of this week. “In the past, we have contributed one day’s salary for such disasters. We will work out something this time too.”
Moved by the large-scale devastation that has left thousands dead and scores homeless, smaller firms have also decided to make contributions.
“We have forty employees. All of them have contributed their day’s salary. We will send a draft of Rs 36,000 to the relief fund,” said Akashay Sharma, head of the human resources department at a city-based insurance firm, Insuring India.
According to official data, the death toll in Uttarakhand on Tuesday stood at 822 whereas efforts were on to evacuate almost 9,000 still stranded.