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Indian citizens have banded themselves together to solve the coronavirus pandemic and in conjunction, to that, a new National COVID-19 Action Group has been set up by a group of parliamentarians, organizations and experts under the name Parliamentarians with Innovators for India (PI India).

The idea behind the group is to uphold the public spirit and revive capable teams across the nation to build scalable solutions towards the current challenges in public health, livelihoods, economy and other important areas with the priority focus on public health. PI India has opened a nation-wide call for solutions since yesterday.

Startups and entrepreneurs with revolutionary innovations can submit their proposals online on the website PIIndia.org by simply recording a video explaining their solution. The public policy and health organizations along with a team of experts will guide the selection process and help organize workshops for common citizens following the group.

A bunch of venture capital firms and impact funds are in the action group and they will provide funding support to the most effective and scalable solutions. Furthermore, the members of parliament will let the innovators take their products and solutions to their respective states with the help of state machinery and promotion mechanisms.

From April 15th, the group will organize meetings every Wednesday at a video conference in which the most impactful innovators will participate. The solutions selected will be published every week on the website. The group will continue reaching out to include more members of parliament to spread the innovations to every corner of the country.

The core mission of the action group is to bring together the professionally capable people of India and execute advanced projects focused on immediate public health response to the coronavirus pandemic in states across the country driven by academicians, companies, entrepreneurs, startups and other industry and sector experts.

Samajwadi Party’s ex-national spokesperson, Ghanshyam Tiwari is the national coordinator for the action group. Congress’ Anil Antony is the coordinator for the states in south and west and Rajat Sethi is the coordinator for the north, east and northeastern states. Some notable parliamentarians in the group include Priyanka Chaturvedi, Dr. Sudhanshu Trivedi, Sujeet Kumar, Varun Gandhi, and Dr. Rajeev Gowda among many others.

Several organizations that are involved in the group include Sequoia Capital’s MD Rajan Anandan, Accel’s partner Abhinav Chaturvedi, Info Edge’s founder Sanjeev Bikchandani among many others. The 600-member group will work out multifront to help the country emerge out of the current health crisis.


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