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New Delhi, Oct. 14

INDIAN industry associations and corporates have so far pledged Rs 25 crore, both in cash and essential items, towards relief measures for those affected by the earthquake that killed several thousands in the Jammu & Kashmir region.

The Prime Minister's Office on Thursday met representatives of industry chambers and sought their help in the relief and rehabilitation of quake victims in Jammu and Kashmir. The Government would provide the industry chambers with a list of medicines needed for the victims. The chambers have agreed to provide tents, blankets, beddings and medicines for the victims. So far, the CII and FICCI have agreed to contribute cash and materials worth Rs 5 crore each.

Infosys, ITC and Reliance Industries Ltd's Mr Mukesh Ambani have already announced a contribution of Rs 1 crore each, while Mr Anil Ambani of the Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Enterprises has donated about one lakh blankets.

The governments of Delhi, Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh have announced VAT exemption on materials purchased for quake relief.

(This article was published in the Business Line print edition dated October 15, 2005)
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