Dempo Group - Supporting govt efforts to help people of Goa

By on July 06, 2021
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Dempo Group - Supporting govt efforts to help people of Goa

The Dempo Group of Companies is known for their generous philanthropic gestures since its inception in 1941 by founder chairman Padma Shri Late Vasantrao S Dempo. The conglomerate, now run by his grandson and chairman & managing director Shrinivas V Dempo, continues to thrive on its principles of serving the society and the state of Goa. 

When the COVID-19 outbreak happened last year, the country went into frenzy as special medical arrangements needed to be put in place to tackle the virus. The Dempo Group was one of the early corporates in the country to graciously donate `1 crore to PM Cares Fund and `35 lakhs to the Chief Ministers' Relief Fund in Goa.

The onset of the second wave of the pandemic had some serious repercussions and once again the Dempo Group stepped up and sponsored life-saving oxygen cylinders, ventilators and concentrators to hospitals across the state in association with reputed NGOs like The Indian Red Cross Society (Goa), Rotary Club of Panaji and Swayam Charitable Trust and Save Life Foundation. The group has been providing free nutritional lunch packets to the needy at Goa Medical College with the logistics handled by the Rotary Club of Panaji.  

People who require this help can visit the Facebook or Instagram page for details or contact the company, and lunch will be delivered to the doorstep. Lunch packets are currently being delivered in and around Panaji, Betim and Porvorim. 

This idea was conceptualised by Shrinivas Dempo who wished to do something substantial for people and assist the government fight COVID-19. 

VIVA GOA finds out more from the man himself. Excerpts from the interview:

How is your company using the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programme to help Goans during this particularly difficult time?

We saw that the second wave has affected numerous people and has cost the lives of several. Through our corporate social responsibility outreach programme, we aim to support and assist government’s efforts in trying to help the people of Goa during this very serious pandemic. 

The Dempo Group provided free meals, oxygen to domestic households and a hundred 10-litre oxygen cylinders, in association with the Swayam Charitable Trust and Save Life Foundation NGO, to the Dr Shyama Prasad Mukherjee COVID Care Centre set up by the government. We also donated Rs. 1 crore to the PM Cares Fund and Rs. 35 lakhs to the Chief Ministers' Relief Fund during the first wave.


How does the free meal scheme operate?

Our free meal scheme reaches out to people who are in hospital and their families who do not have access to good nutritious food. The Rotary Club of Panaji is helping us with the logistics. We even arranged free meal deliveries for people who contacted us. We have crossed 7,000 meals as of mid-June and will continue the scheme until the pressure on GMC mellows down. 

About 250 packs of meals are given every day. Food is prepared to keep the meal balanced, nutritious and simple, consisting of a single meal, including steamed rice, curry, chapatti, cooked vegetables and pickle or spice. The food initially consisted only of vegetarian options, but now includes fish curry taking into consideration the local Goan requirements and the experience of authentic home-cooked meal.


Tell us about the association with The Red Cross Society and the Rotary Club of Panaji with respect to oxygen cylinders.

Dempo Group joined The Red Cross Society (Goa) as the main donor with Rotary Club of Panaji as co-sponsor and procured 300 cylinders, of about 1,000-litre oxygen capacity to last for 300 minutes, fitted with valves. The inventory and logistics was taken care of by the Red Cross and Rotary.


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Cylinders handed over by Dempo Group to Mr.Sandeep Warlikar, Officer Inc...
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