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UAE-based Dr. Sundar Menon to receive Padma Shri

Sandhya D'Mello/Dubai
Filed on January 26, 2016 | Last updated on January 26, 2016 at 07.32 am

Menon's trust contributes to the social and educational welfare of the weaker sections of the Indian society.

UAE-BASED INDIANS WHO WON PADMA SHRI AWARDS

2016: Dr. Sundar Menon
2011: Azad Moopen
2010: JR Gangaramani
2009: Dr. Bavaguthu Raghuram Shetty
2009: Sunny Varkey
2008: Yusuffali MA

When India hands out Padma awards on Tuesday, it will be a moment of celebration for Indian expats in the UAE as well.

Dr Sundar Menon, Sun Group International chairman, will be joining other well-known UAE-based Indian expats who have previously received the national honour.

"I am very happy as this award encourages me to do more work in area of social services. We run a charitable trust and I am planning to undertake more philanthropic initiatives this year," a jubilant Menon exclusively told Khaleej Times from India.

The award -- one of the highest civilian accolades in the country -- is in three categories: Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri. Dr Menon, based in Sharjah, will be conferred with the Padma Shri.

He added: "I am planning to focus more on tribal areas particularly, in Palakkad, Kerala."

Dr. Menon's trust contributes to the social and educational welfare of the weaker sections of the Indian society. It's objectives reflect the strong social commitments. Many social welfare schemes have been devised including the education of tribal children, provision of medical aid to the poor and disabled and the arrangement of the community marriages for underprivileged women. Moreover, the Trust has joined hands with Santhi Medical Information Centre on a Tribal Project in Attapadi, Kerala for the upliftment of the indigenous tribal Population.

Dr. Menon, who is based in Dubai, is an ardent philantrophist, who believes that "there is no question of a successful life being led without rendering favourable service to ones fellow human beings".

"Our group is a transnational and that has many ventures based in Qatar, the UAE and India. We are also planning this year to expand our business operations in Botswana and South Africa."

sandhya@khaleejtimes.com


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