NRI philanthropist disappointed at India’s stingy response to cause

INITIAbGrewalUK NRI, Bobby Grewal, 80, is very disappointed that after he travelled over 2,400 km on foot in a bid to raise money for the PM’s National Relief Fund, he found that the 1.2 billion population of India is ‘stingy’ about contributing to a social cause.

Grewal, chairman of the India-UK Association said he had managed to raise just Rs.50,000 over the past 150 days whereas in England he had raised 85,000 pounds within 5 weeks for Cancer Research and in India he did not manage to raise even 1000 pounds.

Grewal now 80, has earlier also undertaken such walks in India to raise funds. He said he was approached by Nagpur’s NGO Samadrishti, Kshamata Vikas Evam Anusandhan (SAKSHAM) to undertake this walk to raise funds for the PM’s social schemes. He had hoped to donate money to SAKSHAM which promotes eye donation, but with so little money so far, the meagre amount will benefit very little.

He said it is now time people in India realise the importance of eye donation, and he hopes that people in India become more magnanimous and participate in such social endeavours.