Ola Group commits INR 50 Lakh to Maharashtra Chief Minister’s Relief Fund towards COVID-19 response efforts

Mumbai, 25 April, 2020: Aiding the state’s efforts in its fight against COVID-19, Ola Group, which operates Ola, India’s largest mobility platform, has pledged ₹50 Lakh to the Maharashtra Chief Minister’s Relief Fund (CMRF). This contribution is towards providing relief measures across the state and accelerating responses towards mitigating the health and social consequences of the pandemic. 

Bhavish Aggarwal, Co-founder and CEO of Ola Group said, “State Governments across the country are actively combating the outbreak of COVID-19 with various initiatives on ground as well as massive relief measures for affected communities. Through our humble contribution, we extend Ola’s support to the Maharashtra Government and stand with them in this hour of crisis. We salute the commendable dedication of the thousands of healthcare and frontline workers, who are tirelessly working to keep us safe and thank them for their service.”

He added, “We are also grateful for the opportunity to partner with the Government in serving citizens through our emergency services in the state and in supporting essential mobility for BMC to ferry healthcare workers across Mumbai. We look forward to extending all support to the state and the citizens in our fight against COVID-19 and in coming out stronger together. ”

The ‘Ola Emergency’ offering in Mumbai has over 200 hospitals mapped on the app, enabling citizens to access essential medical care 24×7. The service is also available in Nashik where more than 40 hospitals have been enabled to transport citizens from homes to hospitals and vice-versa. Earlier last week, Ola partnered with Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), to help ferry medical staff, healthcare workers and paramedical staff from homes to hospitals.  

Through its social welfare arm, Ola Foundation, Ola launched the ‘Drive the Driver Fund’ a crowdfunding initiative to support Cab, Auto-rickshaw and Kaali-Peeli taxi drivers through and beyond the lockdown phase. Bhavish Aggarwal, Co-founder and CEO, Ola, has forgone his 1 year’s salary towards the cause while employees of the Ola Group have contributed ₹20 Crores. The Ola Group has also contributed a sum of ₹5 crores to the PM CARES fund and pledged INR 3 crores towards the Chief Minister’s Relief Funds of various states.

About Ola:

Ola is India’s largest mobility platform and one of the world’s largest ride-hailing companies, serving 250+ cities across India, Australia, New Zealand, and the UK including key global markets like London and Sydney. The Ola app offers mobility solutions by connecting customers to drivers and a wide range of vehicles across bikes, auto-rickshaws, metered taxis, and cabs, enabling convenience and transparency for hundreds of millions of consumers and over 2.5 million driver-partners. 

Ola’s core mobility offering in India is supplemented by its electric-vehicle arm, Ola Electric and Ola Fleet Technologies, India’s largest fleet management business. With its acquisition of Ridlr, India’s leading public transportation app and investment in Vogo, a dockless scooter sharing solution, Ola is looking to build mobility for the next billion Indians. Ola also extends its consumer offerings like micro-insurance and credit led payments through Ola Financial Services and a range of owned food brands with India’s largest network of cloud kitchens through Ola Foods.  

Ola was founded in 2011 by Bhavish Aggarwal and Ankit Bhati with a mission to build mobility for a billion people. 

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