The founder of the Tata Group, Jamsetji Tata, said, “In a free enterprise, the community is not just another stakeholder in business, but is in fact the very purpose of its existence.” In line with this ethos, Indian Hotels Company (IHCL), South Asia’s largest hospitality company, has announced that it had crossed the milestone of over 1 million meals delivered by its culinary platform – Qmin to healthcare providers battling the fierce second wave of the pandemic. These meals have been spearheaded by the Taj Public Service Welfare Trust (TPSWT).
Gaurav Pokhariyal, Senior Vice President & Global Head Human Resources, IHCL, said, “Guided by our culture of Tajness and keeping community at the heart of everything, we stand in solidarity with the nation in the battle against COVID. This opportunity allowed us to play a small role in nurturing and nourishing those who have kept us safe during these times. We remain grateful to all our COVID Warriors – the medical fraternity – for their relentless fight against the pandemic.”
The outreach of the initiative has been expanded to cover 38 hospitals in 12 cities across 10 states. The cities are Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Goa, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mumbai, Mysore, New Delhi, Varanasi and Vishakhapatnam.
“The second wave of the virus has put a severe strain on all frontline medical staff. The nutritive and healthy Qmin meals help us to completely focus on our patients without worrying about our own nutrition. We are deeply grateful to IHCL which has stood by us, in battling the virus,” said Dr. Chandrakant Pawar, Kasturba Hospital.
During the first wave in 2020, over 3 million meals were delivered to medical and migrant workers across the country.