Setting an exemplar for benevolent initiatives by the overseas Indians in India, the founder chairman of the US-India Chamber of Commerce, Dallas, Mr. Ashok Mago, has donated a cheque of $25,000 to the Indian Development Foundation (IDF) to be used for the welfare of widows of the Indian Army. He wants these women to learn distance education courses and stand on their own feet after losing their sole breadwinners in the line of duty.
He handed over the cheque to Gen. (Retd) V.K. Singh, Minister of State for External Affairs, on the third day of Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD). Handing over the cheque, the Founding Chairman of the chamber, Ashok Mago, who won Padma Shri in 2014, said, “What we have given today is a seed fund. We hope others too contribute to the cause. We will speak to the Dallas Country Community College to help us in providing online coaching content”. “As I grew up in Ambala Cantonment, I have seen the travails of the widows and skill development could help in providing a proper livelihood post traumatic period,” he added.
Mr. Mago hoped that the Defence Ministry would agree to the proposal. He said that since NRIs could select specific projects under the India Development Fund, he had chosen to help war widows.