Chinese smartphone major Xiomi
has said its arm Mi India will distribute 2500 new handsets worth Rs 2 crore as
part of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiative, to children from
communities that are worst affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The company’s 2500 plus strong
exclusive retail network will come together to donate these smartphones under the
initiative, that coincides with the 74th Independence Day celebrations on
The company’s managing director Manu Jain
India is committed to the digital
India initiative and has always supported education for all. The company shared
that the smartphones pledged are worth Rs 2 crore.
Jain appealed to people to bring in the
notice of the company about anyone who needs a smartphone for online education
and the company will try to help them.
He also appealed to people to help maximum
number of pandemic victims in their personal capacity. According to Teach
for India, one smartphone will be able to
support education of up to seven children on the use of the devices in shifts.
Mi India has partnered
with Teach For India, to ensure that the children can avail these
smartphones for online learning and education.
Speaking on the
partnership, Muralikrishnan B,
Chief Operating Officer at Mi India said, “At Mi India, we have always
believed in making technology accessible to every Indian. We are very grateful
to our retail partners who have come together with Mi India to pledge the 2500+
smartphones under this initiative. Children’s education is a cause we will
continue to work towards.”
Sandeep Rai, Chief of City Operations at Teach for India said the pandemic has threatened the very moral and social fabric of the nation and the dynamics of education have changed especially for under-resourced communities. “Teach For India is adapting a new approach, blended learning, which has the potential to change the way children across India learn. We are extremely delighted to partner with Mi India and are thankful to them for stepping forward to empower these students to get the right tools for education,” he said.
By: Murtuza Merchant