Similarly, startups like Delhivery and Zomato have teamed up to raise around Rs 50 crore for sourcing oxygen concentrators and other medical supplies. Travel portal EaseMyTrip’s co-founder Rikant Pitti has offered to import 150 oxygen concentrators into India and smartphone market leader Xiaomi has pledged around Rs 3 crore to procure more than 1,000 oxygen concentrators.
This is all reminiscent of last year when India was facing a shortage of medical equipment, ventilators, sanitizers, masks and PPE kits. In a span of weeks, car companies were making ventilators, sugar mills and liquor producers were bottling hand sanitisers and apparel companies were diversified into masks and protective clothing. From being forced to import PPE kits in April 2020, India emerged as the second-largest producer of it by the end of the year.
It did not necessarily require a reiteration but the second wave of Covid has once again shown not only the ingenuity of India’s corporate world but also that it has its heart in the right place. In times like these, business comes later.