“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)]