Dr. Vallabhbhai Kathiria
Former Minister of State for Health & family Welfare, HRD
Former Minister of State for Health & family Welfare, HRD Heavy Industry & PE; Government of India, Chairman ,Gauseva and Gauchar VIkas Board, Gujarat Dr. Kathiria has been a true social activist, and has been working for the welfare of people of India since his childhood. He has been a regular blood donor, and has donated blood for 120 times till date. During emergency in 1975-76, he was sent behind the bars for protesting against emergency. He has been highly influenced by Jai Prakash Narayan and in 1974, in the capacity of student leader; he participated in Nav Nirman Agitation in Gujarat. He introduced mobile dispensaries in rural and slum areas, run and managed by NGOs. He also organized and actively participated in almost 500 blood donation camps. In addition, Dr. Kathiria, being a doctor, treated more than 1 Lac patients and operated upon nearly 75,000 patients. He served in various capacities in Association of Surgeons of India and IMA, being the life member of these two associations. Apart from above achievements, he has been associated with various other noble causes, i.e. water-shed activities, organic farming and rural development. He promoted value education through organizing seminars and has also been involved in consolidating educational institutions.