Honoured with Pravasi Bharatiya Samman, Pant visits Haridwar
Nirmal Singh Rawat, 27 year old Indian sailor, had returned to Uttarakhand in December, 2017 after an ordeal of full one year, living in oil tanker with no electricity, a meal in three days while fighting for survival in extreme conditions. The sailor had made repeated appeals to be rescued from Sharjah coast where his vessel was stuck but nothing worked. He survived and was rescued thanks to Samaritan Girish Pant who not only helped him while he was stranded alone but also contacted the UAE Labour and Internal ministries and Consulate General Office of India in Dubai to ultimately fly him back home. More than 800 such workers in UAE who were in dire straits due to some reasons or the others were rescued by Pant. He shared his views with this correspondent while visiting Haridwar recently.
Hailing from Uttarakhand, Pant recently became the youngest ‘Uttarakhandi NRI’ settled in Dubai to receive ‘Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Award 2019’ for community services conferred by the President of India. Earlier, he was also called by the Minister of External Affairs for the Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas panel discussion on community organisations working for Indian nationals in distressed situation.
Pant is a part of Indian people’s forum in UAE and is committee in-charge for overstay and seafarers, Consulate General of India to Dubai. In the past few years, he has been able to help out about 800 Indians and people of other countries like Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Russia, Uzbekistan, Philippines, Bangladesh, Nigeria, Sudan and Nepal to return to their homelands from UAE.
During his recent visit to Haridwar he said, “I do this not for name or fame but to satisfy my urge of being humane to the people in distress. Probably the land where I was born, Berinag in Pithoragarh has infused in me such humanitarian trait. Not only for living people but even sending mortal remains from UAE back to home in India in various death and suicide cases, I have facilitated the families. In a few cases, I myself accompanied the mortal remains to hand them over to families in India,” he told this correspondent.
Some of the people who go from India to UAE in search of jobs land up in jail due to issues like dispute with their employers and they have been helped by this NRI to settle their issues through mutual understanding. He has also helped save starving workers with the involvement of the local authorities and Government of India. Often at odd hours, he goes to give food to workers who are facing difficulties. In one instance, he went and gave solace to abandoned labourers who had to live inside a bus on the outskirts near the border with Oman.
Tuesday, 12 March 2019 | PNS | Haridwar
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