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ComBank MD S. Renganathan (Centre) introducing the app to CB Governor Indrajit Coomaraswamy in the presence of (from L) ComBank Manager - Card Centre Seevali Wickramasinghe, Head of Card Centre Thusitha Suraweera, Deputy GM – Marketing Hasrath Munasinghe, CB Assistant Governor Ananda Jayalath and CB Director - Payments & Settlements Dharmasri Kumaratunge

Global ICT sector giants including Microsoft, HP and IBM on Tuesday said they will give cash grants, computer equipment and software to four NGOs to disseminate ICT awareness in underserved communities. Global ICT sector giants including Microsoft, HP and IBM on Tuesday said they will give cash grants, computer equipment and software to four NGOs to disseminate ICT awareness in underserved communities. The initiative will assist the four NGOs to improve lifelong opportunities for underserved young people and adults by providing access to new technology, a Microsoft statement on Tuesday said.

The definition of an “underserved” population will be determined at the community level.

Microsoft along with its Partner Organizations including the other global giants and the ICT Agency, IDM and PC House will make resources available through commitments of software, hardware, training and telecommunication facilities to set up these projects.

Cash grants will be given to the selected NGO’s to run these projects for a period of one year until they are self sustainable, the statement said.

The four NGO driven projects are expected to benefit more than 5,000 people in the first year. Promoters