Padma Shri Karimul Haque runs a free ambulance service that too on a bike to serve the village folk. He feels that the film being made on him will actually help him in realizing his cause of making good medical facility available to rural areas.
Shabina Akhtar | Caravan Daily
KOLKATA — He runs a free ambulance service that too on a bike. Meet Padma Shri Karimul Haque, a 53-year-old, resident of Dhulabari village of Bengal’s Jalpaiguri district. His remote village, with no roads and ambulance service, has had to suffer a lot. Many lives were lost till Karimul took a bank loan, bought a bike and began ferrying the sick to hospitals in the vicinity.
A man with a monthly salary of only INR4000, Karimul didn’t think twice about shelling out 25 per cent of it to meet the expense of taking the needy to the healthcare centers during an emergency. His tales gradually began to travel beyond his village and people began to take notice of him and his social service.
Today the problems and hurdles he faced when he began his philanthropic journey are gone. Thanks to the government recognizing his services, by awarding him the fourth highest civilian award last year, life has definitely become easier for him. He now even had the camera turned on to him with Excel Entertainment expressing interest in making a biopic on him.
I have used the award money to convert my house into a hospital for the people here. At least they can get some first aid. Many people have come forward and made donations for this project of mine.
“Yes, director Vinay Mudgal had come to my village. He spent three days in my small house with me, listened to my story and explored the village. He even cooked food for us,” said an excited Karimul to Caravan Daily. He then added, “It’s really nice of them to consider making a film on me. The money that I will get from them will again be used for the betterment of medical facility in my village.”
Karimul has never hankered for money to support his cause. He believes that Allah will pave the way for him. Indeed, that has happened post him having been awarded the Padma Shri. “I have used the award money to convert my house into a hospital for the people here. At least they can get some first aid. Many people have come forward and made donations for this project of mine.”
The hero of Dhulabari feels that the film being made on him will actually help him in realizing his cause of making good medical facility available to rural areas. On being asked, if he is aware of the actor who would play his role, he said, “That the filmmaker will decide. At present I am just worried about building this small health center for the people of my village.”
Speaking about the attention and awards that are pouring in, the humble Karimul said, “I was doing all this in the memory of my mother, so in a way she and my love for her are responsible for me to do something like this. I had never dreamt of winning a Padma Shri or having a Bollywood film being made on me.”
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