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Pernod Ricard India Foundation provides free hand sanitisers, masks to truck drivers

PRIF collaborated with transports unions in the country to ensure truck drivers stay safe.

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Last Updated: Mar 31, 2020, 05.08 PM IST
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Pernod Ricard India Foundation will be providing the truck drivers with 30,000 masks and around 1000 sanitisers.
Pernod Ricard India Foundation (PRIF), a subsidiary of the French distillery behind brands like Chivas Regal and Jameson, announced on Monday that it has collaborated with transports unions in the country to supply truck drivers with hand sanitisers and masks in light of the coronavirus outbreak.

The programme has already been rolled out in depots at Rohtak and Bassi, and PRIF hopes to extend this service to truck drivers in other parts of the country who are on the road, transporting essential goods and commodities during the nationwide lockdown.

The 21-day lockdown announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on March 24 does not include the transportation of essential goods and services, and truck drivers, therefore, become integral to ensuring that there is no disruption in supply chains.

“Recognising their (transport unions’) contribution to the society and supporting them during this crucial time, Pernod Ricard India Foundation has extended its support by providing them with preventive equipment like sanitisers and masks,” the company said in a statement.

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In addition to hand sanitisers, Pernod Ricard India Foundation has supplied over 3 lakh masks to law enforcement agencies, health workers, and truck drivers across various states.

“During this pandemic, it is vital for us to come together and contribute in any way possible. We are grateful to the truck drivers who make up our supply chain, ensuring that we don’t run out of essential commodities during these tough times,” said Sunil Duggal, Vice President, Corporate Affairs, Pernod Ricard India.

“By extending our support to the transport unions of Rohtak and Bassi, we want to recognise the extra mile these truck drivers are ready to go at this hour of need. We, at Pernod Ricard, will be providing them with 30,000 masks and ~1000 sanitisers, to ensure that they stay safe,” he added.

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