Dr. Cyrus Poonawala should be given Bharat Ratna – Sharad Pawar

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Dr. Cyrus Poonawala should be given Bharat Ratna - Sharad Pawar
Dr. Cyrus Poonawala should be given Bharat Ratna - Sharad Pawar

Late. Dr. Mohan Dharia Nation Building Award Ceremony by Vanarai

For substantial contributions in medical and social fields, Dr. Cyrus Poonawala was awarded the ‘Late Dr. Mohan Dharia Nation Building Award by Sharad Pawar.

Pune: Today, three out of five people in the world are receiving a vaccine developed by Cyrus Poonawala’s Serum Institute. It is because of Poonawalla that India was able to come out of a crisis like Corona. Considering his contribution to medical and social fields, former Union Minister Sharad Pawar expressed his feeling that the central government should honor him with the Bharat Ratna award to properly honor his work and not just limit him to the Padma Bhushan award.

For substantial contributions in medical and social fields, Dr. Cyrus Poonawala was awarded the ‘Late Dr. Mohan Dharia Nation Building Award by Sharad Pawar. Former Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan, MP Srinivas Patil, President of Vanarai Ravindra Dharia, President of Vanarai Foundation Dr. Girish Gandhi, and Chancellor of Krishna Institute of Medical Sciences. Ved Prakash Mishra, Vanrai Trustee Ganpatrao Patil, Nilesh Khandekar, Trustee Rohidas More, Secretary Amit Wadekar, etc. were present on this occasion. Union Minister Nitin Gadkari wished Cyrus Poonawala through video conferencing.

Sharad Pawar said Dr. Mohan Dharia showed a different direction for the country with his politics and social causes. Mohan Dharia’s ideology was nation-first. Serum Institute is in a way moving on their own thinking and producing vaccines not only for the country but also for everyone in the world. Today, three out of five people in the world are receiving the vaccine developed by the Serum Institute; this alone shows the global contribution of the Serum Institute. Cyrus Poonawala should not only be honored with the Padma Bhushan but also with the country’s highest Bharat Ratna Award.

Cyrus Poonawala said that Dr. Mohan Dharia, when he was the vice chairman of the country’s planning commission, had contributed significantly to the progress of our serum institute. Even after that, he guided the institute from time to time. My dream was not that Serum Institute should become the largest vaccine producer in the world, but today millions of children’s lives are being saved because of the vaccine developed by our organization. It is a matter of satisfaction for us. 

Prithviraj Chavan said Cyrus Poonawala’s contribution is that of Dr. Like Mohan Dharia. The stature of this award has increased by giving him an award named after Mohan Dharia. Dr. Mohan Dharia created a different height in Indian politics. Dr. Cyrus Punawala has saved not only the country but also the world from a major crisis due to his work in the medical field.

Nitin Gadkari said A visionary like Cyrus Poonawala has led the country today in science, technology, and medicine. Dr. Cyrus Poonawala has the aim of freeing the youth from cancer. Taken by Cyrus Poonawala, he will surely succeed in this endeavour. Just as the political body of Mohan Dharia was constructive, Dr. Cyrus Poonawala’s research and medical body are also formative. That is why both great personalities have contributed a lot to building not only Maharashtra but also the country.

Dr. Ved Prakash Mishra said that considering modern India, if the place of pilgrimage in the field of science and research is to be chosen in the country, Cyrus Poonawala’s Serum Institute can be said to be a big place of pilgrimage. Citizens’ lives were saved. It is certainly a matter of pride that even today, 89% of the lassi produced in the country is produced at the Serum Institute.

Dr. Girish Gandhi said that after any political party comes to power, the social goals of the party are relaxed, but Mohan Dharia always motivated the ruling party to act socially oriented. He has never lost touch with society; in a way, Cyrus Poonawala is working in his way, so this award is given to a very deserving person.

Ravindra Dharia said the first village development of Vanrai was inaugurated by Sharad Pawar in 1984 at Ketkavale, when he was the Chief Minister. Dr. Mohan Dharia aimed to conserve forest, land, and water, which is the main objective of the organization today. Vanarai is committed to protecting the environment through people’s participation and boosting the local economy.

Dr. Satish Desai conferred on the occasion. Ravindra Dharia introduced the programme. Rohidas More proposed a vote of thanks.

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