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Infosys, the new-age infotech giant with a heart, has often made public its intention to make Bangalore a better place to live in. But only recently did a part of its cherished welfarist dream come true. Chief minister S.M. Krishna inaugurated 24 public toilets, the result of a partnership between the Infosys Foundation and the health department of the Bangalore City Corporation, with the Bangalore Agenda Task Force playing a catalytic role. In all, 100 toilets are to be constructed—33 of them in the slum areas and the rest in the commercial districts.
The foundation has earmarked Rs 8 crore for the project aimed at providing sustainable public sanitation with its focus on the urban poor, especially women.
Says Infosys Foundation chairperson Sudha Murthy: "Every human being has a responsibility towards the society. The rich and the well-off sections should contribute their mite for the welfare of mankind." Other than the public sanitation project, the foundation has been supporting more than 1,000 schools in rural areas, providing textbooks and stationery.