Overseas Indians poured money into helping their homeland fight Covid-19

Overseas Indians poured money into helping their homeland fight Covid-19 3
Overseas Indians poured money into helping their homeland fight Covid-19 3

Jaspreet Rai, 53, founder of oxygen generator company Sanrai International, left India and moved to New York more than 30 years ago.

`This is probably the most difficult period we have ever had to go through,` Rai shared about his team of about 100 employees.

Not only Jaspreet Rai, millions of overseas Indians around the world are trying to support their homeland in the fight against the pandemic.

Medical equipment was loaded onto a plane near Paris, France to support the response to the Covid-19 crisis in India on May 1.

The number of people infected with nCoV in 24 hours in India exceeded 400,000 for the first time on May 1.

`They need both doctors and hospitals. During the past 3-4 days, I thought about it but didn’t know how I could help. Like many Indians, we wanted to contribute but couldn’t find a short-term solution.`

In April, Sudhir Ravi’s private equity fund TJM Capital Partners quickly acquired the largest military-grade oxygen generator company in the United States.

Over the past week, Ravi and Raghu Gullapallu, executive director of LV Prasad Eye Institute in Hyderabad, have been looking for ways to transfer the device and contact services from Amazon and FedEx.

`Time is now measured in lives,` Gullapallu shared.

Overseas Indians poured money into helping their homeland fight Covid-19

Indian Covid-19 patients receive oxygen support at a Sikh temple in Ghaziabad on April 26.

Billionaires and executives of Indian origin abroad also jumped in.

In the UK, steel magnate Lakhshmi Mittal and Confederation of British Industry (CBI) President Karran Bilimoria are campaigning to bring aid to India as soon as possible.

Another concern for the Indian diaspora about the situation back home is the Covid-19 vaccine.

Venktesh Shukla and about 60 influential people of Indian origin are lobbying the US government to relax controls on the supply of vaccines and steroid drugs to support India.

`There are only so many oxygen generators on the market. Too many people buying from a limited reserve will only increase the price. What we need is to increase the supply,` said Jitesh Gadhia, a politician in the UK.

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