This post was originally published on 9 December 2015.
An Indian businessman from the Middle East has donated Rupees 2 crore to provide food, shelter, medicines, drinking water and other flood relief requirements of Chennai flood victims.
Dr Siddeek Ahmed, Chairman and Managing Director of Eram-ITL Group, has handed over two cheques worth Indian Rs2 crore to help the flood victims.
Speaking to Emirates 24|7, Dr Ahmed said he was saddened to see the living conditions of flood victims and he has taken the decision to donate the amount, which is double the amount donated by Indian celebrities such as Shah Rukh Khan, after taking part in sending relief material from the Calicut Railway Station to Chennai.
The neighbouring state of Kerala has extended a helping hand to the flood victims in Chennai, and many celebrities and businessmen have come forward with donations. Superstars such as Mammootty, Mohan Lal and Prithviraj are among celebrities who have donated for the flood relief efforts.
“Out of about 10,000 employees who work in the Eram –ITL group in Saudi Arabia and Dubai, many hail from Tamil Nadu and some of their families are affected by the floods. During the initial years of business, many Tamil managers and employees worked for the growth of Eram Group and we urge the other NRIs and businessmen to keep aside the money they plan to spend for the New Year celebrations,” Siddeek said.
“The Chennai floods is the latest natural calamity that reminds us that global warming is a reality and poses a bigger challenge to humanity. On such tragic occasions, it is our duty to help fellow human beings and I wish others follow suit and instead of spending money for New Year celebrations, money should be spent for charity like this,” he added.
Dr. Siddeek Ahmed is the Chairman & Managing Director of Eram Group, which is a powerhouse in Industrial Contracting, Project Management Solutions, Automotive, Health Care, Travel, IT, Manufacturing, Power Electronics, Trading, Floor Covering, Product representation & other commercial services.
He leads one of the region’s most diverse conglomerates, with over 40 plus entities spread across 12 countries – Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, India, Kingdom of Bahrain, Qatar, Kuwait, United Kingdom, Italy, Korea, Malaysia,Turkey and USA .
He is also a philanthropist who supports several charity initiatives in partnership with Governments, Trusts, NGOs and individuals besides his own projects.