The Indian private sector is coming together to battle the COVID-19 crisis
The COVID-19 crisis has affected every sector and every living being across the globe. Due to this pandemic the entire world is facing serious crisis and our country India is also on the verge of the same, Government of India with the support of the 1.3 billion population is taking serious measures to curtail the deadly virus. While the Government of India has announced several health packages to fight the pandemic, private organisations such as Reliance and Vedanta have also stood up to help India fight the situation.
Meanwhile the budding private sector of India is also joining hands with the Government to overcome this deadly virus.
Lalamove; an on-demand logistics company is supporting the delivery of essentials in the cities that they operate in and are currently under lockdown. They have reached out to various businesses involved in food, groceries, pharmacies, etc., offering their support in helping them deliver their goods to the people in need.
Digital Jalebi, an experiential design studio has also been very proactive and has taken the corona situation very seriously. Currently, our entire team is practicing social distancing and has been working from home. To better prepare for this situation, we had already started training our entire team on collaboration tools like Google Meet & Basecamp right from February last week and as a result, today we are able to collaborate & work very efficiently. On the work front, as a lot of our conventional business is being affected, our team is not resting one bit and is taking this time to reflect on our business model, crafting strategies for the upcoming months, strengthening our team in other verticals and preparing ourselves for a better tomorrow
Another tech-based logistics company 72 Networks has availed a Corona Specific Medical Insurance policy for all our employees in the event of any casualty to cover their financial burden. In case of any casualty (Corona specific), the medical insurance company will bear the total cost of the test & treatment and a payment of 1000 Rs will be given to the infected person during his time of quarantine on a daily basis so that he can meet his daily requirements (as a part of policy).
Apart from the Logistics sector; Edtech platforms like Edubrisk are also rising up to the occasion to help solve the educational crisis in the country. They are running free learning sessions for teachers/institutions so that they can take online classes for their students. Also, they are providing free demo entries for students who need to finish their courses on their platform.
Another reputed institute in the country for skilled-based courses i.e The Academy of Pastry & Culinary Arts is taking classes on Zoom for their students and are also doing a Insta Live/Facebook Live session daily for the normal crowd and are teaching them home friendly recipes so that they are occupied in this time of lockdown. These recipes are taught by world renowned and award winning chefs.
The dating industry is also not far behind as during this time of lockdown, dating apps like Gleeden are providing alternatives for individuals to spend their time at home doing something that they find pleasurable. The platform has registered a hike of over 70% on its platform during this period.
The mobility sector which has been affected the most is also not shying away from helping its employees. One of such mobility platforms YOLO Bus; has extended monetary support towards transportation and the test costs of not only their employees but also their immediate family members. A provision of advance salary is also made applicable incase of any requirements towards the medical expenses.
Also, moving in the same direction, a product based IT company, AppitSimple Infotek Pvt Ltd is also taking serious measures to help its employees. The company has ensured to provide all employees with a laptop and a remote work setup, so that they can manage remote work seamlessly. The company strives to provide the right virtual work culture by promoting employee engagement, and offering constructive feedback at regular intervals.
Another important sector Fintech; whose importance is only going to increase with the coming time as due to the lockdown less and less people will venture out of their homes and the facility to avail handy loans from your homes or through your mobile phones is going to garner traffic soon. Shubh Loans; a fintech lending company (NBFC) is also fully prepared for the future challenges and is more than willing it play its bit in supporting the Government of India and its people. They are also encouraging their employees to work & stay at home and support the Government’s initiative fully. Apart from this they have also provided comprehensive medical insurance plans that include coverage for parents which will prove to be extremely valuable at times like these.