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“NRI of the Year 2013”: PBT President Calls For Better Awareness and Corruption-free Healthcare Delivery System in India

PBT president Dr. Kunal Saha accepted the first-ever “NRI of the year 2013” award from Central Minister for Non-resident Indians (NRI), Mr. Vayalar Ravi, and noted movie director from Bollywood, Mr. Nagesh Kukunoor, on Monday (March 24) in a star-studded award ceremony held at Trident Hotel in Mumbai.  Dr. Saha was elected through online voting by people from around the globe as the best NRI for making “significant contribution” in India.  The award was organized by Times Now television chanel In his acceptance speech, Dr. Saha dedicated the award to all victims of “medical negligence” who died not because they were afflicted with an incurable diseases but due to reckless and negligent treatment by doctors in India.  Dr. Saha also called for better public awareness about healthcare and patients’ rights and called on the “honest and good” doctors of India to step forward to remove the corrupt and unscrupulous doctors from medical regulatory system in order to regain public trust.  Four other NRIs, one each from USA, UK, UAE and Singapore, were also elected to receive award under various other categories.  Dr. Saha was the only NRI chosen under “My India” category to receive this prestigious award for his relentless work to improve the healthcare system in India.  Mr. Amitabh Bachchan, well-known Bollywood actor also received an award as the best global icon from India (see picture below of Dr. Saha in the middle with Mr. Amitabh Bachman on right and central minister for NRI, Mr. V. Ravi on left).

NRI Award - 1 [Dr. Saha, Mr. Bachchan (right), NRI Minister Mr. Ravi (left)]

 

 

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  • S.P. Manchanda March 24, 2014, 12:13 pm

    Congratulations.
    Kudos to Dr Kunal Saha.
    After receiving highest ever compensation in medical negligence case, he should utilise this fund for social cause. Not only PBT should create awareness about corruption and medical negligence in India, but this oganisation should help and empower the hapless victims of medical negligence by encouraging them to fight for their rights in the courts.

  • Raj March 28, 2014, 1:42 am

    Congratulations Dr. saha

  • Rohit Goyal March 30, 2014, 6:40 pm

    Many-2 congratulation Dr. Saha,

  • agrwl April 7, 2014, 1:13 pm

    NEED FOR COMMON LICENTIATE EXAM
    SCRES OF PVT MEDICAL COLLEGES WERE RECOGNIZED BY KETAN DESAI ON THE BASIS OF CORRUPTION. THEIR FACILITIES AND FACULTY EXIST ONLY ON PAPER. THEY OPENLY ADVERTISE IN NEWS PAPERS ON DAILY BASIS THEIR RATES FOR ADMISSION AND FOR PASSING THEM FROM THEIR OWN PVT UNIVERSITIES. NOWHERE QUALITY OF STUDENT ADMITTED OR QUALITY OF DOCTOR PRODUCED IS CHECKED BY GOVT. THESE DUBIOUS DOCTORS MAY CAUSE MAJOR MEDICAL NEGLIGENCE. IT IS HIGH TIME GOVT ADMINISTER LICENTIATE EXAM TO KNOW IF THEY HAVE BASIC MINIMUM KNOWLEGE BEFORE ALLOWING THEM TO PLAY WITH OUR LIFE. OR DOES GOVT CONSIDER CITIZENS AS GUNIA PIGS ?

  • hemen parekh April 19, 2014, 5:25 am

    To Be or not To Be ?

    Shakespeare would say , ” That is the question ”

    For Federal Reserve Board of Revenue ( Pakistan ) , that question was ,

    ” What to publish ? And what not to publish ? ”

    It seems , in Pakistan , only 1 million people [ out of a population of 140 million ] , pay income tax

    Finally , the Board published the names of those 1 million ( running into a 17,000 page directory ) , with the amount of tax paid by each

    To give to Pakistan , a loan of $ 6.7 billion ( approx Rs 41* Thousand * Crores ) , the International Monetary Fund ( IMF ) , insisted on such a publication

    Now , in India , we have 40 million people who pay personal income tax ( out of a population of approx 1220 million )

    Obviously , for India’s Income Tax Department , it would be an impossible task to publish their names in a directory – which could possibly run into 17,000*40 pages !

    Then again , India has no need for an IMF loan , what with its Personal Income Tax revenue amounting to , Rs 2.47*Lakh*Crores

    And if the incoming government at the Centre , dares to implement my suggestion of INVERSE TAXATION regime , that revenue could go up 100 times !

    Simply , ” Inverse ” the tax slabs as follows :

    > Up to Rs 2 lakhs………………… NIL
    > 2.1 – 5.0 lakhs…………………. 10 %
    > 5.1 – 10 lakhs………………….. 8 %
    > 10.1 – 20 lakhs…………………. 6 %
    > 20.1 – 50 lakhs………………… 5 %
    > 50.1 – 100 lakhs………………… 3 %
    > Above 100 lakhs…………………. 1 %

    What is likely to happen with such ” INVERSE TAXATION ” regime ?

    Following few things :

    > Total personal tax payer base will go up dramatically from current 4
    crores tax-payers

    > Total personal tax collection too , will rise dramatically

    > with this ” INVERSE TAX REGIME ” , there will be no incentive to evade
    taxes and to generate ” BLACK MONEY ”

    > There will be no resistance to accept ALL payments by cheque / electronic
    clearance !

    > The more you disclose as your income , the less you pay by way of taxes
    ( Of course , incrementally )

    > For a change , we will learn to reward honesty / efficiency / productivity !
    No need to bribe those Income Tax officers !

    > Lakhs of crores of BLACK MONEY , stashed away in bank
    lockers / gold / land – and , of course those Swiss bank accounts – will ,
    become ” WHITE MONEY ” , overnight !

    > There will be a huge surge in bank deposits ( – even with , the inevitable
    lower interest rates )

    > Banks will be awash with funds to finance businesses / infrastructure
    projects etc , encouraging entrepreneurs / self-employed to set up new
    businesses ( at 2 % interest rates of loans ) and generate millions of jobs

    > There will be a phenomenal rise in Capital Markets

    Only questions worth debating are :

    > To innovate or not ?

    > To think out-of-the-box or not ?

    > To feed poor or to teach them how to fish ?

    > To enable people to earn more or to subsidize their expenditure ?

    > To let people stand on their own legs or continue “Dependency Culture” ?

    > What is possible ? To reverse the human greed or try and harness it ?

    * hemen parekh ( 18 April 2014 / Mumbai )