In disaster zone, youíre helping build classrooms, labs
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On June 21, The Indian Express announced the Express Citizens' Relief Fund to help those affected by the massive natural disaster in Uttarakhand. Over the next few months, contributions poured in from readers of The Indian Express ó concerned individuals and institutions who were moved to do their bit for the victims of the catastrophe.
This month, The Indian Express Citizen's Relief Fund, which is registered as a trust under the Indian Trusts Act, signed a memorandum of understanding with the Uttarakhand government to help build a new wing of the Government Inter College campus at Triyuginarayan in the worst-hit Kedar valley.
The new building will have at least 12 classrooms and three science laboratories. The state government will give Rs 1.2 crore of the estimated Rs 3.2-crore cost of the project; the rest will be provided by the Fund. The Fund will also bring in the technical resources required for the initiative.
As per the MoU, the Trust will hand over the first phase of the building and other assets by December 31, 2014. The MoU, which was signed on December 6, will be valid until December 2015.
"The Indian Express Group has always provided a helping hand to people in distress, which has earned them admiration. This noble gesture of adopting a school in the Kedarnath valley will give a healing touch to the people of the area, especially the children," Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna said.
Following the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, readers of The Indian Express contributed over Rs 1.27 crore to the relief fund, which paid for 12 ultra modern ambulances for EMRI, Chennai.
Following the Kosi floods of 2008, readers donated Rs 54 lakh. This sum, along with other donations, was used to build a two-storey, 12-room Express Block at the Navkumar High School in Lagma, Sonbarsa, in Saharsa district. The building was inaugurated by Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on May 27, 2011.