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Over 30,000 Indians repatriated during pandemic: HE Kumaran

Over 30,000 Indians repatriated
during pandemic: HE Kumaran

Tribune News Network
More than 30,000 Indian nationals have been repatriated during the COVID-19 pandemic, Indian Ambassador to Qatar HE P Kumaran has said, adding that the Indian embassy has been able to provide assistance to some 20,000-30,000 people during the crisis.
The outgoing ambassador was speaking at an online event organised by the Indian community organisations to bid farewell to the envoy and his wife Ritu Kumaran.
The ambassador said, “It is important that we all stay united despite several differences, being such a large community. During this tenure, the trade volume between Qatar and India increased significantly and the Indian population [in Qatar] also surged and reached new heights. We had only three apex bodies for the community and now there are four.
“There was a plan to lay the foundation stone for a new embassy building but that could not be materialised. I was fortunate to attend a large number of medical camps through these years and see a large number of low-income workers benefit from it,” he added.
The session was organised by Indian Community Benevolent Forum (ICBF) President PN Baburajan, coordinated by Indian Business Professionals Council (IBPC) President Azim Abbas and supported by Indian Sports Centre (ISC) President Hassan Chogule and Indian Cultural Centre (ICC) President AP Manikantan.
It was hosted by Anu Sharma, while the technical coordination was handled by ICBF General Secretary Avinash Gaikwad.
The community extended their hearty wishes of success to the ambassador on his new assignment in Singapore.
The gathering was attended by some 500 people from all walks of the community.
The speakers praised the contributions of the ambassador and his better half, who had left no stones unturned to uphold the dignity, pride and development of the Indians in Qatar.
PN Baburajan recalled how the term under the patronage of HE Kumaran could be proudly be addressed as the golden era of the ICBF. He pointed out that initiatives such as the generous Open Houses chaired by the ambassador addressed concerns of the community members and brought light to the lives of many.
Baburajan also conveyed the gratitude of the community and all apex bodies to Ritu Kumaran. He did not fail to mention how the Hamad Medical Corporation Rehabilitation Centre would always remember her services with gratitude. “Her commendable contributions to cancer patients’ care created a benchmark to the service. She was always a call away to assist the inmates of the rehabilitation centre, and under the banner of IZAAR she had initiated hugely successful painting exhibitions to raise funds for them,” Baburajan said.
Azim Abbas highlighted how even during the harshest time of the COVID-19, HE Kumaran stood with the ICBF and the IBPC.
Manikantan highlighted how the ambasador’s directives to the India-Qatar Year of Culture and his ardent support to ICC has helped grow the power of Indian culture and heritage in Qatar.
Hassan Chogule remembered how the warm welcome offered to the envoy years back had helped create a great bond between him and each of the member of the Indian community.
ISC Advisory Board Chairman Sanaullah A R, ICC Advisory Board Chairman K.M Varghese, ICBF Advisory Board Chairman Dr Mohan Thomas, IBPC Advisory Committee Chairman CV Rappai and CEO of Doha Bank Dr R Seetharaman also spoke on the occasion.