Private lender RBL Bank, under its Preventive Healthcare CSR initiative, donated five mobile medical
vans to municipal corporations and village samhitis in Pune, Pimpri-Chinchwad and Nagpur, in
collaboration with Maharashtra government.
These mobile medical vans will be available for a period of one month in the COVID-19 impacted
regions under Pune Municipal Corporation, Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation, Baramati
village Samhiti, Saswad Village Samhiti and Nagpur Municipal Corporation, according to an official
“Due to COVID-19, people living in containment zones and rural areas are unable to go to their local
clinics. To address this challenge, RBL Bank, in collaboration with Government of Maharashtra,
decided to deploy mobile medical vans that would serve as mobile clinics in these areas. The medical
vans will test and reach out to over 100 people per day to identify COVID‐19 positive cases and cater
to other medical requirements,” the release stated.
Rubal Agarwal, Additional Commissioner, Pune Municipal Corporation, said, ‘’we are happy that RBL
Bank has decided to support the Covid relief work by providing the mobile medical vans in Pune
Maharashtra. This will greatly help the underprivileged especially the poor people who can’t afford
treatment and testing during the emergency situations. These vans and the doctor staff will be the
front-line warriors and heroes. We appreciate the support of the RBL Bank doing this activity as part
of their CSR. We have to fight this pandemic together and that’s how we will win.”
Shanta Vallury Gandhi, Head – HR, CSR and Internal Branding at RBL bank said the bank’s mission
was ‘Community as The Cause’ and that it was a socially responsible organization that believed in
supporting communities in challenging times.
“Fighting the Covid-19 pandemic is the need of the hour. We see Public-Private partnerships to
create an impact. Hence, collaborating with the government at the Centre and State to fight the
pandemic is our endeavour. We believe, this partnership is commendable and forward looking,” she
According to the company, the vans are equipped with doctors, support staff and medicines as well
as hand sanitizers, PPE kits, stethoscopes, infra-guns, blood pressure cuffs or BPMs, cloth masks,
oximeters, dressing material and glucometers. Both the treatment and medicines will be provided
free of cost. All social distancing and hygiene norms will be strictly adhered to.
In Baramati, RBL Bank, along with Global Shapers, a non-profit initiative of the World Economic
Forum, will also distribute free sanitary pads and masks to women and young girls. This move is a
part of RBL Bank’s other aid and support initiatives, including the production and distribution of face
masks through NGOs, Payroll Giving Programme for employees, relief works for migrant
communities and virtual employee volunteering programmes.
By: Murtuza Merchant