After Rs 1 crore to PM Cares, senior advocate Dwivedi provides 15,000 N95 masks to AIIMS | India News


NEW DELHI: On reading shortage of protective kits for doctors and medical staff, senior advocate Rakesh Dwivedi, who has already donated Rs 1 crore to PM Cares Fund, swung into action and ensured supply of 15,000 N95 medical-grade face masks at a cost of Rs 2 lakh to AIIMS.
Speaking to TOI on Tuesday, Dwivedi said his family members have also taken a cue from his donations to PM Cares Fund and donated another Rs 10 lakh. However, when he read the shortage of medical-grade face masks, he called up his doctor friends at AIIMS and got in touch with the manufacturers and vendors of N95 face masks.
“It was not easy. Despite clinching a deal with the manufacturers and vendors for supply of 15,000 face masks, the manufacturer and vendor suddenly turned around and demanded higher price for the masks. It required a lot of persuasion and citing of national duty which made them see reason in this trying time for the nation. He finally agreed to apply the masks at the original quoted rate. The supplies will reach AIIMS in four to five days,” Dwivedi said.
A sought-after lawyer for one party or the other in almost every case involving important questions of constitutional law, Dwivedi had successfully defended validity of Aadhaar appearing for the Unique Identification Authority of India before a 5-judge bench of the Supreme Court. “I would request friends and colleagues to come forward and dow whatever that can in this regard to help our white warriors (doctors and medical staff), who are struggling to save lives during Covid-19 pandemic,” he said.
“It is our national duty and all sacrifices by way of supporting the cause would make one a compatriot warrior in arms. As for the people of India, I would say that apart from helping by contributing their might in the ongoing war against Corona, they must stay strong not withstanding the problems and shortcomings. Our sufferings (due to lockdown) should strengthen our resolve to stand united with the State led by PM. The shortcomings could be discussed and analysed later,” he said.
Asking devotees to stay home and pray alone without congregating in religious places, Dwivedi said, “Tablighi jam congregation was a disaster and message from God – pray from home. Let us win this war together by lending shoulder to efforts of doctors and medical staff.’



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