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DLF in talks with other developers to start CSR activities

The country's largest realty firm is in talks with fellow builders to provide basic education, healthcare and vocational training for the underprivileged.

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The country's largest realty company DLF on Sunday said it is in talks with other builders to provide basic education, healthcare and vocational training for the people living in the vicinity of projects being developed.

"We have decided to leverage our leadership status in the real estate industry by approaching all other fellow-builders across the country to join hands in reaching out to the people living in villages within a radius of 15-20 km of any major building activity," DLF Chairman K P Singh said.

The company is discussing various options of humanitarian support such as providing basic education, healthcare services and vocational training, he added.

Singh was speaking at a function to unveil the bust of DLF founder Raghvendra Singh by the Chief Ministers of Delhi and Haryana - Sheila Dikshit and Bhupinder Singh Hooda - here.

"I have personally spoken to several of my fellow-builders and the response has been very positive and enthusiastic...It has the potential to grow into a national movement," Singh said.

He said the proposed mission will be a new concept of development to empower construction workers and millions who live in villages in the vicinity of major housing and infrastructure projects and also those who are displaced by rapid urbanisation.

The company will undertake these activities under its corporate social responsibility wing, DLF Foundation, Singh said.

Besides, he announced to start a scholarship programme for the underprivileged meritorious students.

"Shortly, we shall be launching an ambitious Raghvendra Singh Scholarship programme to provide quality education, particularly to students belonging to the underprivileged sections of the society," he added.

When asked how much money the foundation will put in for these activities, Singh said: "Money is not a constraint."

DLF Foundation had invested about Rs 150 crore in 2009-10 for carrying out various philanthropic activities.

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