MUMBAI: The Mumbai police fighting the Covid war have received a donation of around Rs 60 crores including cash, sanitizers, facial masks, PPE kits, mineral water and medicines from various private companies, Bollywood personalities and businessmen.
While Bollywood actors donated Rs 2 crores to Mumbai Police welfare foundation as well as donated more than 1,000 smart watches, Wadia group donated Rs 27 lakhs, Jai Shroff, Poonawala and Siddhart Jain donated Rs 1 crore, 50 lakhs and Rs 50 lakhs respectively to name few of them.
Sources said that this was possible after the state government under Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) allowed the police to accept donation from private firms.
A top officials said that Mumbai Police have received donation in cash and kind like essential goods as 20,700 litres of sanitizers worth Rs 64,08,925, food items worth Rs.82,18,280, facial masks worth Rs 58,29,400 (2,96,600 disposable masks, 2,61,420 cloth masks and 2,500 N-95 masks), articles like hand gloves, face shields, flasks, water dispensers, PPE etc. worth Rs 89,09,085 for nakabandis and bandobasts duties and 13,534 mineral water bottles total valued at Rs.14,36,830 .
Besides 200 pulse oxymeters worth Rs.4,00,000 and 952 smart watches worth Rs.40 lakhs for measuring body temperature, blood pressure etc. have been provided to officers.
Similarly 112 temperature guns worth Rs 2,57,600 and 132 sanitizer dispenser stands worth Rs.3,71,600 have been distributed at police stations/beats. Joint commissioner of police (administration) Naval Bajaj confirmed this saying this donation excludes the five regional offices in the city which have similarly received donations respectively.
“This could be just tip off iceberg as in such a situation the police have got lots of respect and honour from all walks of life. Industrialists, private companies, corporates, celebrities have shown tremendous response and in a bid have opened their treasures provide help to the police community,” said an IPS officer.
In the meantime 15 policemen have succumbed to the disease and around 1,200 police officers/men are infected by the disease. And to beat the novel virus the government has built up two dedicated covid centres at Marol and Kalina with the help of Maharashtra police housing.
“Besides tie up with several hospitals we have dedicated call centre for policemen, doctors and Covid centres with 850 beds. And as precautions we have been giving them HCQ medicines, zinc, mutlivtamins, protein shakes and wheatgrass shakes worth Rs 9.88 crores”, said Parambir Singh.
Singh said that the recovery rate among the policemen too is high. Interestingly at Sahar police station where 32 policemen including the senior police inspector Shashikant Mane who had tested positive, 30 of them have recovered. At JJ Marg police out of 37 policemen infected with Covid, 20 of them have recovered.
“Out of these 17 only five or six are in hospital, rest have recovering are in quarantine. The mortality rate in policemen is only 1 percent,” Said Naval Bajaj, joint commissioner of police.
Official said that initially the moral of policemen was down and there was lot of panic but as many of them are recovering and the policemen above 55 years age and ailing with other disease have been asked to stay back, they have gained confidence.
“The state government’s announcement of Rs 50 lakhs to kin of the deceased cop and a job for kin and another 20 to 25 lakhs from the Police walfare has further strengthen their faith,” said a senior IPS officer.

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