Taj Group forms trust to aid Mumbai terror attack victims

December 15th, 2008 - 4:14 pm ICT by IANS  

Mumbai, Dec 15 (IANS) The Taj Group, whose Taj hotel was the prime target of last month’s terrorist attacks, has set up a public trust to be headed by Ratan Tata to provide aid to terror victims.According to an announcement, the Taj Public Service Welfare Trust will provide immediate relief to all victims of the Nov 26-29 attacks, including the families of those who lost their lives.

The Taj Mahal Palace & Tower Hotel, one of India’s most prestigious hotels, was one of the 13 targets. Ten of its staffers lost their lives while 11 were injured and part of the heritage building was severely damaged.

In addition to providing immediate relief to all victims, including general public security personnel and Taj staffers, the trust will endeavour to cover relief to victims of sudden acts of violence, natural disasters and other tragedies that inflict damages to life and property.

The Indian Hotels Corporation Ltd, which runs the Taj Group of hotels, the Sir Dorab Tata Trust and the Sir Ratan Tata Trust have committed significant initial contribution to the trust.

Apart from Tata group chief Ratan Tata, other trustees are R.K. Krishna Kumar, N.A. Soonawala, R.N. Bickson, A.P. Goel and A. Mukerji.

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