HCL founder, Ajai Chowdhry offers helping hand in COVID fight

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Coronavirus pandemic is making several citizens come forward to offer support. Dr Ajai Chowdhry, founder, HCL and Padma Bhushan awardee recently donated Rs 42 Lakhs to the state to help the government fight against COVID. The funds will go towards providing five high performance ventilators and five HFNO machines and one decontaminating chamber for various hospitals.

Chowdhry made the donation on behalf of his trust, the Swayam Charitable Trust which is involved in providing support to the Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi (GNCTD).  For several years noe, Chowdhry and his family live in Goa and are residents of the state for at least five months a year. Chowdhry said, that he felt like giving back to the state.  “I have selected the best Indian ventilator, the award winning Noccarc V310, as I strongly believe in encouraging Indian products. Also, I have selected the world’s first N95 decontaminating machine created by Chakr, a IIT Delhi incubated company,” he said.

Speaking of his contribution, Pramod Sawant, the Chief Minister said, “Chowdhry has set an example by contributing generously. He is not a regular resident neither has he  business interest in Goa but he volunteered out of his love for the state. We are grateful to him. He has set an example which we would appeal to other stalwarts who are in Goa.”

Speaking on the outbreak of COVID, Chowdhry said, “In my memory, this is one of the toughest challenges that the world is facing today, especially in India where the population density is so high. My countrymen are my priority and I appeal to all that we need to act fast and support each other as much as we can. It is time for us to collectively respond to the pandemic in our best capacity. Governments, private entities, and philanthropic organizations must come together to act swiftly to ensure right medical equipment and other resources be made available to hospitals in Goa. I will continue to support the ongoing efforts to fight this epidemic in any way I can.”