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Only a few India foundations have pitched in during the COVID-19 pandemicAugust 5, 2021 / / — Criticism peaked when India's elite rich responded fervently to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's appeal for a coordinated clapping-cum-clanging display of support for frontline workers against the pandemic on March 22, but failed to match their enthusiasm in monetary terms. In 2019, India added 33 US dollar billionaires, taking the country's tally to 137 - the third highest in the world, according to the Hurun Global Rich List 2020. China and the United States occupied the first and second spot with 799 and 626 billionaires respectively. But while many of India's super rich have not lived up to their financial clout, some have indeed pitched in with the pandemic taking a serious turn in India - the number of Covid-19 cases jumped from just 110 on March 15 to 1,637 on April 1. Mr Vijay Shekhar Sharma, founder of digital payments platform Paytm, was an early mover, donating his two months' salary for the needy among his office staff on March 20.