Kerala IT firms sign Aids pactJune 2009
Information technology businesses in India’s Kerala state are joining the fight against Aids and HIV.
Companies on the Technopark industrial estate at Thiruvananthapuram are combining with the Kerala government to strengthen the state’s existing Aids awareness campaign.
In particular, chief executives of the companies, through their representative body, the Group of Technopark Companies, known as GTECH, are partnering the Kerala State Aids Control Society and other organizations in programmes to eliminate misconceptions about the disease among member companies and employees – as well as to tackle discrimination against those infected by the virus.
Satish Babu, the GTECH secretary, called the fight against Aids a ‘collective responsibility’. Babu said: ‘It is to be noted that GTECH is the first industry organization in the state to adopt a corporate policy on HIV and Aids to help build a positive and supportive attitude towards those infected and to promote health and safety among the IT companies in the state.’
Kerala’s IT industry is concentrated in the Technopark estate and the Infopark campus at Kochi, which together employ more than 35,000 people.
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