THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Industries Minister and IUML leader P K Kunhalikutty has charted a novel initiative in the charity front, to facilitate buses for transportation of children in government schools, by roping in prominent, kind-hearted businessmen in the Gulf region and in the state.
He has roped in around 15 business groups to give a new face to their CSR initiatives and chip in a portion of it to mitigate the suffering of children for convenient and exclusive travel facilities, wherever needed in the state and depending on available funds.
To begin with, Shifa Al Jazeera Medical group, which runs a string of renowned hospitals in the Middle East countries, has chipped in Rs 38.5 lakh for purchasing a fleet of three buses.
It will be gifted to needy government schools in Vengara,P K Kunhalikutty’s home constituency in Malappuram district.
‘’The plan is to raise the number of buses to ten and spread the coverage, for which all the other 14 business houses are expected to contribute,’’ Kunhalikutty told mediapersons here on Thursday. ‘’It is a government scheme facilitated through private participation,’’ he said.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr K T Rabiullah, chairman and managing director of Shifa Al Jazeera Medical group, said that he was so proud to associate with the initiative and hoped that many NRK businessmen who can afford to contribute much should come forward to help the needy in the society of their home state.