In a laudable gesture that bespeaks care and concern for the society that helps you grow, Rajat Sharma, Chairman and Editor-in-Chief, India TV, has donated Rs 64 lakh for relief for flood-ravaged Uttarakhand. He made the donation on the occasion of his 64th birthday.
We are aware how severely constricted the news genre was, in general, during the pandemic. Therefore, it is indeed praiseworthy that Rajat, who leads a TV news channel and digital news business, has still stepped up to contribute to the alleviation efforts in the wake of the massive devastation Uttarakhand had suffered on February 7 when a glacier burst in the Tapovan-Raini area in Chamoli, triggering a flash flood in the Dhauliganga and Alaknanda river system.
This contribution is the latest in Sharma’s long practice of extending help to people hit by natural calamities, and has received praise from Yoga guru Swami Ramdev too, who, on Thursday, tweeted that Rajat Sharma has set an example for others, and hailed his leadership.
Swami Ramdev tweeted in Hindi: “Every patriot should take up the cause of helping those affected by the tragedy by joining the #ReliefWithRajatSharma campaign. Greetings to Rajat Sharma on his birthday.”
राष्ट्रधर्म-सेवाधर्म एवं पत्रकारिताधर्म के पुरोधा @RajatSharmaLive जी ने चमोली आपदापीड़ितों की मददकर राष्ट्रप्रेम की सराहनीय मिसाल कायम की है। #ReliefWithRajatSharma मुहिम से जुड़कर त्रासदीपीड़ितों की मदद का बीड़ा हर देशभक्त को उठाना चाहिये।रजतभाई जन्मदिन शुभ हो।@rajatsharmafans https://t.co/xsiiaHeYBP
— स्वामी रामदेव (@yogrishiramdev) February 18, 2021
He also said on India TV: “Rajat Sharma’s journey of struggle to success gives inspiration to crores of Indians. He is a role model for many,” Ramdev said on India TV.
It will be recalled that in the wake of the disaster in Uttarakhand, so far, 58 bodies of victims have been recovered including 11 from a tunnel in Tapovan, while 146 people are still missing.
Back in September 2018, then Union Health and Family Welfare minister JP Nadda inaugurated battery-operated bus service for patients and their attendants coming for treatment at the prestigious All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in New Delhi, the free-of-cost bus service was launched as part of India TV’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiative. A total of 10 battery operated buses were later flagged off by Nadda, Rajat Sharma and India TV Managing Director Ritu Dhawan.