IT circuit pledges Rs 30-cr relief

After a lukewarm response from industry leaders at a meeting on Wednesday, Yeddyurappa decided to personally call on IT giants, Infosys and Wipro, and also made a stopover at biotechnology major Biocon.

The chief minister interacted with Infosys chief mentor N R Naryana Murthy and his team on the Infosys campus and Azim Premji at Wipro. He also called on Biocon chief Kiran Mazumdar Shaw.

Infosys and Biocon made a commitment to contribute Rs 30 crore each for constructing 3,000 houses for the victims. “Wipro has promised to get back soon after working out the modalities,” Yeddyurappa told reporters.

Ashok Kumar Manoli, Principal Secretary, IT Department, who accompanied the CM, said: “There was excellent response from the company heads. The CM said the government would offer land and leave the construction of houses to the companies. This has appealed to the companies, because there will be no interference.”

Other commitments

He also visited the Adichunchanagiri Mutt, which had committed to construct 5,000 houses at a cost of Rs 50 crore.

The other commitments came from Coffee day: 1,000 houses (Rs 10 crore); Century Group: 2000 houses (Rs 20 cr); Bangalore Marawvari Association 1000 houses (Rs 10 cr) and Kammavari Sangh 500 houses (Rs 50 cr). This takes the total commitments made towards construction of houses to Rs 620 crore so far.

Commitment letters to provide relief to the tune of Rs 500 crore from 26 government and non-governmental organisations and voluntary agencies till Wednesday: Builders association: Rs 50 crore, Citizen’s Forum: Rs 50 cr; Adikeshavalu: Rs 50 cr, BDA: 15 cr, Hutti Gold Mines: Rs 10 cr, KPCL: 10 cr.

Yeddyurappa said the location for constructing the houses would be ready in three to four days. Construction work will begin simultaneously in all affected districts within two weeks.

The relief fund collection drive in Basavanagudi, Jayanagar and Padmanabhanagar yielded Rs 3.5 crore, including Rs 1.69 lakh in cash, a far cry from the Rs 12.35 crore in the form of cheques and Rs 4.07 lakh collected in the Bangalore Central district on Wednesday.

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