Message from RF Founder-Chairperson Nita Ambani: Reliance Foundation Launches World's Largest Meal Service Initiative for Marginalized Families
My dear members of the Reliance Family,
April 19, 2020
I hope each one of you and your families are safe and healthy.
COVID-19 is an unprecedented pandemic for the world, for India and for humanity. These are difficult times, and you may be feeling anxious, but please remember that you are not alone.
For Mukesh and me, it is a top priority to ensure that each one of you, and your loved ones in your families, are safe, protected, and COVID-free.
As India enters this extended period of lockdown, our hearts go out to all our fellow citizens who depend on daily wages for their survival.
They, too, are members of our collective Indian family — our own Bharat Parivar.
This is why, at Reliance Foundation, we have launched Mission Anna Seva
– our pledge to feed needy Indians. In our culture, Anna Daan
is Maha Daan
. The Upanishads teach us that ‘food itself is Brahma’.
Through Mission Anna Seva, we will provide over 3 crore meals to marginalised communities and frontline workers across the nation.
Mission Anna Seva will be the largest meal distribution programme ever undertaken by a corporate foundation anywhere in the world. The beneficiaries of this programme include daily wage earners, slum dwellers, urban service providers, factory workers, and residents of old-age homes and orphanages.
Further, I am pleased to share with you that, in partnership with the BMC, Reliance has set up India’s first 100-bed exclusive COVID-19 Hospital in Mumbai in just two weeks - a national record. We are now expanding this facility to a capacity of 250 beds.
We will produce one lakh masks and hundred thousand PPEs (Personal Protective Equipment) daily for health-workers and caregivers across India.
Reliance is also providing free fuel to emergency vehicles
to help ensure COVID-19 patients quickly get the medical care they require.
In this hour of need, our colleagues at Reliance Retail
are working overtime to provide essential supplies every day to millions of Indians through our stores and home deliveries across over 200 cities
Our colleagues in Jio
are providing uninterrupted and most reliable digital connectivity
to over 40 crore individuals and thousands of organisations, through its work-from-home, study-from-home, and healthcare-from-home solutions.
Reliance Life Sciences
has enhanced India’s COVID-19 testing capabilities by developing its own confirmatory tests and is in the process of expanding this testing capacity for India even further.
has donated Rs 535 crores to various relief funds, including the PM CARES fund.
Mukesh and I salute the indomitable spirit and service-mindedness
of all of you in our Reliance Family.
You have stood together as one. You are the beating heart of the RIL institution.
A special mention and gratitude
to all our doctors, nurses, medical personnel, and staff of Sir H. N. Reliance Foundation Hospital
; our scientists and researchers at Reliance Life Sciences
; our colleagues at Reliance Retail
in the back-end and front-end; and the entire team at Jio.
All of you have made us PROUD! You are the true heroes and warriors in this battle against COVID-19
To catch a glimpse of the tireless efforts of everyone at Reliance Foundation and the larger Reliance Family, we have put together this short video while remaining in our home.
Whenever India is faced with adversity, our people have always overcome it with unity and determination. Our response to this crisis will be no different. Together, we will win!
Corona Haarega, India Jeetega.
Stay safe, stay happy.
Nita M Ambani
Message from the Chairman: The Reliance Family Stands in Solidarity with India
April 4, 2020
Adversity has always brought out the best in Reliance throughout its history. Our company has proved this yet again now when our beloved country and the rest of the world are battling a most formidable adversity in modern history: the COVID-19 pandemic.
I am truly humbled to witness each one of you across the Reliance family displaying extraordinary levels of commitment during these times. You have risen to the nation's call-of-duty in exemplary solidarity with each other and with our fellow-citizens.
Indeed, our collective efforts have been appreciated by none other than our Honourable Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi.
On his Twitter account, our Prime Minister said:
"The entire Reliance team has been making effective contributions in the fight against COVID-19. Be it in healthcare or assisting people, they have been active. I thank Mukesh & Nita Ambani Ji for contributing to PM-CARES and for their other work towards defeating Coronavirus."
Nita and I were truly overwhelmed by the Prime Minister's message. We gratefully sent the following reply to him:
"Most respected Pradhan Mantri ji, we at RIL and Reliance Foundation are humbled and inspired by your words of trust in us. We stand in solidarity with you and the entire nation and are determined to do more. Your towering statesmanship motivates all the 1.3 billion Indians to achieve early victory in our collective battle against COVID-19 and set an example to the rest of the world. Jai Hind!"
My dear colleagues, let us continue to live up to the trust that our Hon’ble Prime Minister has reposed in the Reliance Family. We bear a special responsibility because almost all our current businesses and all the current activities of Reliance Foundation are in the nature of ‘Essential Services’ for India's war against COVID-19.
Jio has become the lifeline for nearly 40 crore Indians, especially during this nationwide lockdown. At Jio, we have created an end-to-end COVID-19 platform to manage the healthcare and well-being of our employees and family members. This platform not only facilitates the daily self-monitoring of symptoms but also triggers emergency medical response for immediate attention, if required. This solution is available to all Reliance employees and family members and will soon be rolled out to our wider community members in Mumbai and India. Jio has also developed a tele-medicine consulting app on the mobile phone, which can facilitate virtual video consultations between any mobile user and our doctors registered on the platform. Again, this is also available to our employees and family members for free.
Reliance Retail is supplying most essential food and other items to millions of Indian families unceasingly. In collaboration with the procurement groups across RIL, it is also working relentlessly to source equipment and materials required for testing, isolation and treatment, including sanitation and personal protective equipment.
Reliance Life Sciences has enhanced India's COVID-19 testing capabilities by developing its own confirmatory tests. As a result, we can now carry out COVID-19 tests for Reliance employees and family members on priority. We are in the process of expanding this testing capacity even further and will soon have it ready for the larger community.
Our plants, ports, and sites are working non-stop to keep the wheels of the economy moving, ensuring India remains secure in fuel and energy.
Above all, Sir H.N. Reliance Foundation Hospital established a dedicated 100-bed COVID-19 treatment facility at Seven Hills hospital in Andheri, Mumbai, in just a matter of 10 days. Our doctors and other healthcare personnel are also working round-the clock to ensure that our nearly 20-lakh extended Reliance Family throughout India remains COVID-free even in the worst-case scenario.
Supporting all these efforts are several functions across Reliance, ranging from engineering, construction, corporate services, human resources, finance, commercial and security services to corporate affairs.
Therefore, I firmly believe that each one of our colleagues across our businesses deserves to be honoured as "Frontline Warriors."
Each one of you is playing a part in keeping Reliance productive through these tough conditions. I wholeheartedly appreciate and applaud all of you for your commitment and service to the country and to the company.
While we have done tremendously well so far, we cannot rest until India has fully conquered the coronavirus calamity. The public health crisis is daunting alone, but the economic and humanitarian crises on our hands must also be addressed. Each one of you in the Reliance family has the power to make India safer, healthier, and stronger.
Let's continue to practise safe social distancing, report daily on the Symptoms Checker, use the technology platforms for virtual care that we have developed and, most importantly, stay positive, productive, and optimistic through these times.
My first commitment is to the welfare of you and your family members. And our common commitment to India is our motto: #CoronaHaaregaIndiaJeetega!
Finally, I would like to share a thought with you. The three-week lockdown has given each one of us precious time and opportunity to be with ourselves and our loved ones. Let us make the best use of this time for self-cultivation, for the happiness of our families; nurture good feelings and good thoughts and engage in creative new endeavours. I encourage you to share your reflections with all of us on the MyVoice platform, which will be be launched in the next 48 hours on ESS, R-Connect, and EmpXP. Let us inspire the best and the most creative in each other. Let us draw strength from each other as members of one Reliance Family.
Together, I am confident that we will be able to pull through this difficult time and emerge safely in health and in wellbeing as one big Reliance Family.
My best wishes to you and all your loved ones.
Reliance Industries contributes Rs. 500 Crore Contribution to PM CARES Fund in addition to its Multi-pronged On-the-Ground Fight against COVID-19
Reliance Industries Ltd. (RIL) announced a donation of Rs. 500 crores to PM CARES Fund to support the nation’s fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. RIL has also provided contributions of Rs. 5 crore each to the governments of Maharashtra and Gujarat to support their fights against the coronavirus.
We also continue our 24x7, multi-pronged, on-the-ground effort to ensure the nation remains prepared, fed, supplied, safe, connected and motivated to fight and win against the unprecedented challenges brought upon by the Coronavirus pandemic.RIL and Reliance Foundation is leading with a significant effort that encompasses several initiatives. These include:
“We are confident that India will conquer the coronavirus crisis sooner rather than later. The entire Reliance Industries Limited team is with the nation in this hour of crisis and will do everything to win this battle against Covid-19.”
Chairman and Managing Director, Reliance Industries Limited
- Contribution of Rs. 500 crores to the PM-CARES Fund
- Contribution of Rs. 5 crores to the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund of Maharashtra
- Contribution of Rs. 5 crores to the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund of Gujarat
- India’s first 100 bed exclusive Covid-19 Hospital geared up in just two weeks to handle Covid-19 patients
- 65.7 Lakh free meals in the next 10 days across the nation and scaling up rapidly to more meals and newer areas
- One Lakh masks daily for health-workers and caregivers
- Thousands of PPEs daily for health-workers and caregivers
- Free Fuel across the country to notified emergency response vehicles
- Jio seamlessly connecting nearly 40 crore individuals and thousands and thousands of organisations daily on its telecom backbone via ‘work from home’, ‘study from home’ and ‘health from home’ initiatives, helping to keep the country going
- Reliance Retail providing essential supplies daily for millions of Indians via stores and home deliveries
“As the nation comes together to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, all of us at Reliance Foundation stand in solidarity with our countrymen and women, especially those on the frontlines to whom we pledge our full support. Our doctors and staff have helped set up India’s first COVID-19 Hospital and are committed to supporting the government in exhaustive screening, testing, prevention, and treatment of Covid-19.
The need of the hour is also for us to support our marginalized and daily wage communities. Through our meal distribution programme, we aim to feed lakhs of people daily across the country.”
Founder Chairperson, Reliance Foundation