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The initiative sees INR 100mn allocated to the NEC India COVID Task Force to support employees and their families across India with medical updates, as well as for CSR initiatives.

Holding true to its brand message, 'orchestrate a brighter world', IT and network technologies provider NEC India has stepped up efforts towards COVID-19 relief initiatives in the country. The organisation is dedicating INR 100mn (INR 10 crores) to support employee wellbeing and community welfare in the fight against the pandemic.

As such, the NEC India COVID Task Force will support employees and their families across India by providing real-time details about hospitals, ICU beds, plasma donors, and access to medication. In addition, offering 24/7 online medical consultation. Timely updates of patients, procurement and circulation of oxygen concentrators will also be provided.

"As India grapples with the relentless wave of the pandemic,” Aalok Kumar, President and Chief Executive Officer, NEC India, said, “It is our responsibility to come forward to help and support the people and community at large.”

“We share the pain, and we are grateful for the resilience shown by the frontline workers as well as our team members during these testing times.”

Kumar also announced support measures for employees whose families have been impacted: “The loss of human life is immeasurable, especially for our organisation that functions like a family. For family members of our on-roll and off-roll employees who have passed from COVID-19, we will provide one-year equivalent salary as additional support.”

This comes on the back of several other employee-centric programmes by NEC India, such as:

  • Five days of wellness leave;
  • An enhanced medical insurance policy that covers COVID-19;
  • Online resilience programmes and expert consultations;
  • Workshops on anxiety management;
  • Fully-sponsored COVID-19 inoculation programme, for employees and their declared dependents.

NEC India, in fact, has also provided timely appraisals, bonuses, promotions, and no layoffs. This is in addition to bringing forward its ‘increment payroll cycle' with immediate effect, as shared in the media statement.

The organisation has also pledged to undertake CSR initiatives to aid COVID relief efforts in the country. This includes donation of oxygen generating plants in rural hospitals; contribution of 100 oxygen concentrators to the needy; sponsoring ICU beds in rural hospitals, and efforts to start crematorium to cope with COVID casualties.

This initiative could be seen as an expansion of NEC India’s ‘Make-a-difference' drive, where the organisation commits to contributing back to the community wherever possible.

Kumar reiterated hopes the organisation’s continued efforts will help ease on-ground pressures on the healthcare and other essential infrastructure, and overcome these difficult times.

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