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Plan to improve villages near Electronics City

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THE Electronics City Industries' Association (ELCIA), Bangalore, is planning to undertake a village upliftment programme in order to better the living conditions of people in the surrounding villages.

The ElectronicsCity houses software majors such as Infosys, Wipro, Digital Globalsoft, Siemens, the Software Technology Parks of India and a host of other industries.

To begin with, ELCIA has started mid-day meals scheme for school children in a local school with the help of Infosys Technologies. There are about 3,000 school-going children around the Electronics City and the association plans to cover them under the mid-day meal scheme in two phases.

In the first phase, about 1,000 students in three schools and in the second phase about 2,500 in 11 schools would be covered. The expenditure was being met with contributions from the industry and the plan would be scaled up depending on the response, said an ELCIA press release.

The upliftment programme follows a recent detailed survey of the surrounding villages. Depending on the response and enthusiasm from the industry, ELCIA has plans to extend the mid-day meal scheme to more schools, organise medical camps in schools and villages, blood donation and tree planting, improve hygiene conditions in villages, provide vocational training to villagers and build high schools in a phased manner, the release said.

ELCIA had recently met the State Minister for IT, Mr D.B. Inamdar, who promised all possible help, the release said.

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