Dalmia Bharat joins fight against coronavirus with Rs 25 crore contribution to PM-CARES Fund
New Delhi, March 30th, 2020:-In its humble bid to contribute to the social and national cause, Dalmia Bharat Group, one of India's leading conglomerates, has committed Rs25 crore to PM-Cares Fund as part of its endeavour to assist the government's massive offensive against COVID 19.
"The world is coming together to defeat the dreaded virus, COVID 19 and as a responsible corporate, it is our duty to show solidarity with the government in this fight. Both the centre and state governments have so far done an exceptional job to contain the outbreak of COVID and they need our support and cooperation at this juncture to comprehensively beat the global pandemic," said Mr Puneet Dalmia, MD, Dalmia Bharat Group.
Taking all the measures to contain the spread of COVID-19, the group has suspended production across all its plants including cement, sugar and refractories units in India.Ration, grocery and accommodation is being provided to the contractual labourers who were stuck due to the nation-wide lockdown and stoppage of all transportation. Also, the contractual labourers, stranded at Rajgangpurin Odisha, Medinipore in West Bengal and other plant locations, will be given all help till the situation improves. Apart from this, in order to help the needy and homeless near the plant location, over 100 food packets are provided twice every day to the local Municipalities and Police to be distributed among them.
The Group has also committed the playgrounds, guest houses and technical centres across plants and regions to the local authorities for using them as facilities for tackling Covid 19 cases. The canteens of the Dalmia Bharat plants across India are also being used to prepare food for local distribution in the regions.
In order to instil financial confidence among the employees, the company has paid salary to its employees ahead of schedule while contractual workers are being given bi-monthly payments so they don't have to wait till month end to buy essential commodities. The plant heads at various locations are also reaching out to communities on a regular basis and providing them all help including food and medicines.
As it is imperative to ensure both physical and social wellbeing of the employees, Bhagavad Gita sessions are being held every morning for all the employees, giving each one an opportunity to introspect and improve from the learnings of the Gita.The company has also extended its strong value foundation education to the children of employees to help them deal with the challenging environment created by the pandemic. This education equips the children with life skills to cope with new experiences. Both these programmes have generated positive feedback from the employees.
Encouraging dealers and business partners to come forward and contribute generously towards this cause, The Dalmia Bharat Group urges its employees to continue to be vigilant and alert and remain committed to steering the nation to safety against the dreaded disease.
About Dalmia Bharat Group.
Dalmia Bharat Group (www.dalmiabharat.com) is a leading Indian conglomerate with a strong presence in Cement, Sugar and Refractories. The Group has a turnover of over 11,000 crore. Dalmia Bharat commenced operations in 1939 and has played a defining role in India's manufacturing sector. The group has significant market presence in each of its sectors of operation. Its cement business has grown exponentially since 2006 in terms of capacity and production and the company is a leader in the specialty cements space. Dalmia Cement is the only cement company in the world to have the lowest carbon footprint. In sugar, the group is a prominent generic player catering to most of the leading businesses in India. The Group also caters to an enduring and growing customer base in the refractories business.