Bollywood actor, Emraan Hashmi inaugurated India’s first ever open cancer care hospital that will treat Below Poverty Line patients across India, free of charge. The initiative is part of a newly launched NGO, New India, by a Bangalore-based business couple.
They announced the launch of their dream project, ‘New India,’ a self-funded NGO, and gifted Rs 200 crores towards building of cashless cancer care hospital for underprivileged. The unique attribute about the project is that it is self-funded and it won’t accept funds from anyone. The couple has been sheltering 40 kids for 6 years and their dream got bigger to give back to society, which gave birth to New India.
Inaugurating the NGO, actor Hashmi said, “I have very closely seen the pain which cancer patients and their families undergo. New India’s initiative to create new hope for poor cancer patients is worth appreciating and I am glad that individuals like Vijay Tata and Amrita Tata are coming forward to take this novel step.”
Born in February 2010, Ayaan, the first child of Emraan and wife Parveen Shahani, was diagnosed with first stage cancer at the age of four in early 2014.
New India – A non-profit organization will be completely self-funded by Vijay Tata and Amrita Tata and will focus on creating a new hope for the betterment of the underprivileged.
It aims to cater to women, children, critical illness and stop-rape initiative to bring justice to rape victims and help them resurrect their lives. As the first initiative by New India, it has already pledged 50 acres of land worth Rs 100 crores in Attibele-Anekal Road, Bangalore to the trust. Additional Rs 100 crores will be used towards construction of the super-specialty cancer care hospital.
All underprivileged cancer patients from across India will be treated completely free of charge. This will be the first cashless hospital in India.
On this development, Vijay Tata said, “A small step can transform into a milestone and development is always bottom-up. Our major thrust today is to work for improving the life of the people who are below poverty line. The need of the hour is to give proper guidance and free timely treatment to them. New India is a national movement and underprivileged cancer patients across India will be treated free of cost.”
He added, “We are sure that this cashless cancer hospital will be able to pull down the agony of these people up to a certain extent at least on the monetary side. A nation’s progress lies in its ability to provide health and care to its people. A healthy India is our aim.”
Amrita Tata said, “To make a difference, one has to be the difference. Many people want to work on these lines but we are fortunate enough to execute this initiative on my daughter’s birthday. We will also be aggressively working towards other social causes for women and children.”
The entire hospital will be of 150 beds and will be completed in different phases. The initial phase will be ready by December 2018. It will be state of the art infrastructure with renowned oncologists and consultants on board.
The hospital project will be designed by a UK based architect and engineering firm, BDP, formerly known as Building Design Partnership. It’s a firm of architects and engineers employing over 900 staff in the UK and internationally. Entire project from planning to execution will be executed by BDP.
This project is founded by Vijay Tata and Amrita Tata, leading entrepreneurs from Bangalore who are on a mission to make a difference and touch lives through ‘New India’ and its underlying movements.