Sudha Murty Donates Rs 10k Each To 300 Karnataka Tour Guides | Bengaluru News

BENGALURU: For tour guides, the pandemic seems to have left them in one of those deep, dark tunnels they once drove through greedy tourists – one with no end in sight. However, there is now a little light.
Sudha Murty, philanthropist and president of the Infosys Foundation, donated 10,000 rupees each to around 300 tour guides from seven different heritage centers across the state. The money is transferred directly to the bank accounts of recognized tour guides in Hampi, Belur, Halebid, Badami, Aihole, Pattadakal and Chitradurga.
The local economy of these regions relies heavily on tourism and the incomes of thousands of people are determined by tourist flows. However, the restrictions and lockdowns induced by a pandemic not only brought the tourism industry to its knees, but also had a devastating impact on tour guides, whose livelihoods depend on travelers. Unfortunately, even the state government had not given thought to the fate of these guides when developing the relief plan announced on Wednesday.
“But she came to our aid without us even having to ask,” said Prasad, a tour guide in Hampi, while explaining how Sudha’s gesture would help hundreds of families in rural areas overcome the pandemic. The guides provided a list of their members along with proof of identity and bank accounts. About 250 guides are said to have received the money in their accounts.
Contacting the tour guides, Sudha told TOI: “I am a history student and have been visiting these historically significant places for 10 years. I am used to interacting regularly with guides and I am aware of their living conditions. Many of them have been out of work for two or three months. Sometimes people who do small jobs are forgotten; we have to help them. His interest in these heritage sites stems from the fact that his grandfather was a history teacher and his mother was very passionate about history.
Not just tour guides, Sudha also contacted musicians, yakshagana artists, dance troupes and theater performers in Tier 2 and 3 towns. The Infosys Foundation had recently committed an additional Rs 100 crore to contain Covid in the country and one of the priorities is to ensure better access to food and nutrition for disadvantaged sections of society. During the first wave, she had driven from the front, distributing rations and other relief materials to the needy. “We are doing our best to help as many people as possible,” she said.

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