To benefit the healthcare requirements of the needy in the Industrial belt of North Chennai

Chennai, 14 November 2011: Honourable Speaker of Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly Thiru D Jayakumar inaugurated the Coromandel Public Health Care Centre in Kathivakkam near Ennore today. Thiruvottiyur MLA Thiru Kuppan and Executive Chairman Murugappa Group Thiru A Vellayan and other dignitaries graced the occasion.

Coromandel International Limited, part of Murugappa Group, has set up the Primary health Care Centre in the Kathivakkam Municipal Complex in Kathivakkam near Ennore. In addition to the team of doctors, nurses, pharmacist and technicians, this Health Care Centre also has facilities for collecting samples for pathological tests, for the patients’ convenience. This will be a highly subsidised model. The patients taking treatment have to pay a token amount Rs 10 for 1 week of consultation. Medicines and tests will be available at actual costs. This is expected to benefit around 38000 families residing in 8 villages around Ennore and Kathivakkam.

Speaking on the occasion after inaugurating the Centre, the Hon TN Assembly Speaker Thiru D Jayakumar listed out the measures being taken by the Government of Tamilnadu for the benefit and well-being of the people in the area. He also appreciated the dedication of Coromandel for its community-centric activities, and announced that a task force of industries will be set up in the next few months to address any concerns of the local communities. Reiterating the commitment of the Murugappa Group towards community support and development, the Group Chairman Mr A Vellayan mentioned that the 4 sectors of Agriculture, Education, Healthcare and Sports will be the thrust areas of the Group’s efforts towards community development.

Murugappa Group, well-known for its active community development initiatives run through the AMM Foundation, operates many schools and hospitals across locations in Chennai and other places in Tamil Nadu. The Hospitals run by the AMM foundation have reached out to over 8.5 lakh people through its out-patient services and 13,500 patients through its in-patient facilities. Through the A.M.M Murugappa Chettiar Centenary Scholarship, the Foundation has given scholarship to 658 most deserving poor students to pursue their education, including 249 in professional colleges, in 2010-11.

About Coromandel International Limited

Coromandel International Limited, India’s second largest Phosphatic fertilizer player, is in the business segments of Fertilizers, Specialty Nutrients, Crop Protection and Retail. The Company manufactures a wide range of fertilizers and markets around 2.9 million tons making it a leader in its addressable markets.

In its endeavor to be a complete plant nutrition solutions Company, Coromandel has also introduced a range of Specialty Nutrient products including Organic Fertilizers. The Crop Protection business produces insecticides, fungicides and herbicides and markets these products in India and across the globe. Coromandel is the second largest manufacturer of Malathion and only the second manufacturer of Phenthoate. Coromandel has also ventured into the retail business setting up more than 425 rural retail centers in the agriculture and lifestyle segments.

The Company clocked a turnover of Rs. 7,527 Cr during FY 2010-11. lt was ranked among the top 20 best companies to work for by Business Today and was also voted as one of the ten Greenest Companies in India by TERI, reflecting its commitment to the environment and society. Coromandel is a part of the Rs.17,000 Crore Murugappa Group. For more details, please visit www.coromandel.biz

About the Murugappa Group

Founded in 1900, the Rs. 17,000 Crores (USD 3.8 billion) Murugappa Group is one of India’s leading business conglomerates. The Group has 29 businesses including eight listed Companies actively traded in NSE & BSE. Headquartered in Chennai, the major Companies of the Group include Carborundum Universal Ltd., Cholamandalam Investment and Finance Company Ltd., Cholamandalam MS General Insurance Company Ltd., Coromandel International Ltd., Coromandel Engineering Company Ltd., E.I.D. Parry (India) Ltd., Parry Agro Industries Ltd., Tube Investments of India Ltd., and Wendt (India) Ltd.

Market leaders in served segments including Abrasives, Auto Components, Cycles, Sugar, Farm Inputs, Fertilizers, Plantations, Construction, Bio-products and Nutraceuticals, the Group has forged strong joint venture alliances with leading international companies like Groupe Chimique Tunisien, Foskor, Cargill, Mitsui Sumitomo and Morgan Crucible. The Group has a wide geographical presence spanning 13 states in India and 5 continents.

Renowned brands like BSA, Hercules, Ballmaster, Ajax, Parry’s, Gromor and Paramfos are from the Murugappa stable. The organization fosters an environment of professionalism and has a workforce of over 32,000 employees.

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