Oman NRI Entrepreneur launch medical
help to sick and injured NRI returnees
Oman, Aug 12, 2006
NRI, Dinesh Kumar Dawda,49, managing director of Al Itefaq Trading
LLC, said he was making arrangements with a team of doctors in India
who can treat such patients who cannot get access to further treatment.
I have made arrangements in Gujarat and Maharashtra with the help
of a team of leading doctors and also looking to see if we can make
similar arrangements in other states
There are over 300,000 NRIs in Oman. Most of them work as contract
labourers and belong to the underprivileged classes. Sick and injured
Indians who are sent back to their hometowns would require further
medical attention/assistance back in India. I intend to assist such
people by providing them with suitable help when they reach India.
On more occasions than one, the absence of this has cost the lives
of these ailing patients or have put them into severe and irrecoverable
medical situations.The teams in Gujarat and Maharashtra are
ready, and I will be seeing them soon. But, since the plan is to
have such a body available in every state in India, I would need
advice not monetary help on how to go about it in
In Oman too, I want to start such a medi-line, but that is something
I have not discussed with any authorities here. But, that is also
a dream that I closely nurture in my heart as this is my second
home. I have been in Oman for nearly 30 years and I have commitments
to this country, Dawda, who has been propelled to doing charity
thanks to his grandfather, said.
My grandfather had said that every man should earmark a
small portion of his wages, daily or monthly, for charity. And this
is what I have been doing all my life, Dawda, whose smiling
face, and his never-say-no approach to providing assistance has
endeared him to many here.
Dinesh Kumar Dawda is a recipient of the Hind Ratna Award. He said,
I am already 49. How many more years am I left with? Before
I go, I want to make some humble contribution to this world."
NRI, Dinesh Kumar
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MUSCAT, Aug. 14, 2006
By A Staff Reporter
Times of Oman
Can businessmen be charitable too? The answer is staring at us
in the likes of Dilip (Dinesh) Dawda, the managing director of Al
Itefaq Trading LLC.
Dawda, who has reached great heights as a businessman here, is
however known more for his philanthropic activities, than his business
acumen, in which too, he is second to none.
Dawdas charitable landscape is dotted with unusual tales
where he has accorded every manner of help to all sorts of people,
both here and abroad. His charitable history in Oman, which spans
over the last 27 years, is peppered with his all-encompassing understanding
and empathy to those in need.
Without bothering about nationality, religion, caste or creed,
Dawda has helped. And all of those to whom he has provided support
swear by him.
He has also been on the forefront when calamities have hit nations.
For instance, during the earthquake tragedy in Pakistan, Dawda joined
hands with the Pakistan Embassy here to collect aid for the victims.
In this manner, he has helped everyone.
He has also contributed his mite in the field of education.
While he has helped tremendously to support campaigns when natural
calamities hit nations, including India, he has also helped many
on individual basis.
Thanks to him, many Indian youth are better placed and in comfortable
All of this has culminated in his being awarded the Hind Ratna
in New Delhi, recently.
Those who commended Dawda for the award noted that this was quite
an incentive for him and would spur him to new heights to help more
and more needy people.
While most businessmen surge forward in the pursuit of business,
and the acquisition of wealth, Dawda is someone who believes that
he has enough and has actually opted out of the rat race. While
he admits that he still works for a living, he was never in the
race for money.
For, will you be able to take money back with you when you
die? he asks.