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Google India announces $15 million grant to set up 80 oxygen plants

Google India announced on June 17 that it would support procurement and installation of about 80 oxygen generation plants in high-need and rural locations of the country through additional grants worth $15 million, or Rs 109 crore, to two nonprofit organizations.

The two organizations – GiveIndia and PATH – will oversee Google’s oxygen program and provide project management support, including procurement and installation of plants.

PATH will identify target locations for the oxygen plants and provide technical assistance for the project, Google India said in a blog post. The organization will work with state governments and other authorities to complete the installation of the plants.

The Indian unit of the global technology giant also said it would help Apollo Medskills upskill 20,000 frontline health workers through specialized training in COVID-19 management. “This will complement and strengthen the stressed rural health workforce and rural health systems.”

It will provide a Rs 3.6 crore grant to non-profit ARMMAN to run skilling programs for 1.8 lakh Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHAs) and 40,000 Auxiliary Nurse Midwives (ANMs) in 15 states, the company said. ARMMAN, a non-profit organisation aimed at improving the wellbeing of pregnant women, new mothers, and infants, will also set up a call center to provide additional help and advice for ASHAs and ANMs.

India is currently preparing for a possible third wave of the novel coronavirus pandemic with a subsiding second wave of infections.

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