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Infosys plans for a 500 crore investment in Bhubaneswar

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Following is an excerpt from a report in Economic Times.

IT major Infosys today said it would invest Rs 500 crore in Orissa for setting up an SEZ in IT and ITeS sectors and take care of children’s mid-day-meal scheme and healthcare services.

“We have proposed to set up an IT SEZ in Bhubaneswar. The project will require 50 acres of land”, T V Mohandas Pai, Director HR, ER and administration and member of board of Infosys, told reporters here.

… Pai who had been funding mid-day meal for 10,000 school children in Nayagarh district, also agreed to extend the programme to Gajapati and Kandhamal districts, official sources said. Besides, 30,000 children in Puri district were also getting midday meal in Puri district.

“We have been spending Rs 6.50 per child to provide quality food,” Pai said pointing out that Infosys had spent Rs 5.5 crore towards its corporate social responsibility.

Shetty, who had been providing health care service to BPO staff, urged Patnaik to allot five-seven acres of land in the city for setting up a 1,000-bed heart hospital.

As the city was gradually becoming a IT hub of Eastern India with almost all major players opening their development centres, employees required quality heath service, Shetty said.

“We have also requestedthe state government to help Shetty set up a heart hospital here”, Pai told reporters.

Akshay Patra Foundation expands outside Puri

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The Akshay Patra Foundation plans to expand outside Puri to other districts. New Indian Express reports on this. Following are some excerpts.

The Akshay Patra Foundation, which is engaged in providing nutritious food to schoolchildren in Puri district under the mid-day meal programme, is set to extend its service to all the government primary schools in other districts of the State.

In the immediate phase, the foundation has signed an MoU with Collector, Nayagarh, to provide food in the government primary schools of the district.

‘‘In fact, we have already started a strategic midday meal programme at Nayagarh and covered as many as 2,500 students in 16 schools there,’’ …. The Foundation started its operations in 2006 in Puri district.

Today, food is being supplied to over 33,000 children in 280 primary schools in the district. The food is prepared in line with local preference and in a mechanised kitchen, thereby ensuring proper hygiene.

The foundation is also working with the State Government to train SHG women to cook and provide food to schools. The entire process is monitored by foundation though. The move has created an opportunity for the SHGs to be economically empowered, Dasa said.