As the subcontinent fights the second wave of the devastating Covid-19 pandemic, automakers have stepped forward to aid in whatever way they can. In an industry that often sees stark rivalry and competition, it is great to witness companies coming together to help the nation as a whole. Japanese automaker Nissan has recently been in the news for its success with the all-new Magnite crossover SUV. This time around, the brand has once again come under the limelight, but for a very different reason.
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Nissan India has just announced a Rs 6.5-crore relief package, which has been broken into different chunks before being distributed. Out of the whole amount (just over Rs 6.75 crore), Rs 2.2 crore has gone towards the Tamil Nadu State Disaster Relief Fund, while another Rs 25 lakh has found its way to the Tamil Nadu CM Relief Fund. A further Rs 4.3 crore has been donated to help purchase Covid-19 relief equipment. The equipment includes N-95 masks, PPE kits, oxygen concentrators, portable ECG machines, X-ray machines, pulse oximeters, and nasal oxygen machines. These vital packages have reached various communities in Tamil Nadu and Delhi-NCR.
Commenting on the new initiative was Rakesh Srivastava, Managing Director, Nissan Motor India. He mentioned,
“Safety & well-being of the society, customers, partners and employees is paramount. Towards this, multiple initiatives are being taken with the Government authorities & NGOs towards ensuring the same.”
The relief fund contributed by Nissan India also went towards delivering cooked food to migrant workers and the needy. Furthermore, Renault Nissan Automotive India Private Limited (RNAIPL) has set up vaccination camps for its employees, contract workers, and their families. The automaker has recently upped its health and safety SOPs at the manufacturing plant, offices, and dealerships in the country. Nissan India has also distributed Covid-19 kits, increased insurance amounts, secured beds, oxygen concentrators, and ventilators in nearby hospitals to support its employees and their families. In fact, the company has imported ventilators from Europe and handed them over to nearby hospitals.
Elaborating a little on the initiative by Renault Nissan Automotive India Private Limited was its Managing Director, Biju Balendran. He stated,
“Health and safety of our societies, partners and employees is our topmost priority. We continue to take all the necessary steps to safeguard their well-being by closely & strictly monitoring the adherence to all local government guidelines on health & safety parameters. In addition to this, are committed to meeting their needs through constant CSR outreach in our local communities, with more initiatives to come.”
Along with a reduced workforce at its facilities and offices, RNAIPL has taken several steps to ensure the safety of its employees. This has been done by cutting the transport and canteen occupancy by 50 percent, while fingerprint scanners for the biometric attendance system have been removed altogether. The automaker has also introduced a special ‘Covid-19 key’ so that employees don’t have to come in direct contact with buttons, doors, or any other common surfaces. Lastly, an emergency response team of marshals has been set up at RNAIPL. Their main objective is to monitor, address, and ensure the safety of all employees.