On June 17, 2021, Google India announced that it will support the procurement and installation of about 80 oxygen generation plants in high-need and rural locations of the country. This will happen using an additional grant worth $15 million i.e. Rs. 109 crore, to two non-profit organizations.
These two organizations are GiveIndia and PATH. They will be overseeing this oxygen program of Google. They will also be helping Google in this by providing project management support, including procurement and installation of plants.
Google India has said in a blog post that PATH will identify target locations for the oxygen plants and will provide technical assistance for the project. Also, they will be working with the state government and other authorities, to complete the installation of the plants.
Also, Google India will be helping Apollo Medskills to upskill 20,000 frontline health workers through specialized training in COVID-19 management. They said, “This will complement and strengthen the stressed rural health workforce and rural health systems.”
The company has also said that to run skilling programs for 1.8 lakh Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHAs) and 40,000 Auxiliary Nurse Midwives (ANMs) in 15 states, it will be donating Rs.3.6 crore to ARMMAN, a non-profit organization.
Although the second wave of the deadly wave is subsiding, a third wave is said to be coming soon and India is preparing for that. Google had said in May that it had raised at least $4.6 million (Rs. 33 crores) through donations for COVID-19 relief in India. In a blog post, Google said that the funds were to be given to several non-profit organizations including GiveIndia, Charities Aid Foundation India, GOONJ, and United Way of Mumbai.