In a country of 1.3 billion people, a nationwide lockdown to help halt the spread of COVID-19 in India is complex and challenging.
Aravindan Madhava Murthy, Chief Operating Officer of the Bengaluru Service Centre at ANZ says with millions of migrant labourers working in cities across India, the struggle of disabled, migrant workers and daily wage workers has increased significantly as people stay home.
“It is not easy in a country of our size to get people to follow social distancing and our police force is working incredibly hard to enforce the guidelines and help stop the spread of the coronavirus,” he says.
But these people are not forgotten. Government, citizens and ANZ’s team in Bengaluru are coming together to help the broader community who have been hit hard both financially and emotionally.
“This is the time to think beyond oneself, to open one's heart and to lend a helping hand. This is the time to live our purpose. We will continue to look for opportunities to support the wider community wherever we can,” Aravindan says.
ANZ in Bengaluru has donated INR 1.5 million (AUD $30,948) to the Karnataka State Chief Minister’s COVID-19 fund, the local LGBTIQ community, and daily wagers and migrant labourers through its Non-Government Organisation (NGO) partners such as HelpAge India and Samarthanam.