Mumbai: Union Minister Nitin Gadkari on Thursday inaugurated a multi-speciality charitable hospital in Pune, Maharashtra. Due to this, he narrated an old story related to the legendary businessman Ratan Tata. In fact, Ratan Tata had to explain that the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) does not discriminate on the basis of religion.
When he was a minister in the Shiv Sena-BJP government in Maharashtra, the Rss swayamsevak sangh in Aurangabad had organised the inauguration ceremony of a hospital built in the name of RSS founder Hedgewar. At that time, Mukundrao Panshikar was a pracharak of the Sangh. He expressed his desire to Gadkari that the hospital should be inaugurated by industrialist Ratan Tata.
When the Sangh pracharak spoke, Gadkari invited Ratan Tata to inaugurate the hospital. On the appeal of Nitin Gadkari, Ratan Tata himself flew the plane and reached Aurangabad. As soon as he got off the plane, Ratan Tata asked Gadkari, "Is this hospital only for Hindus?" To this, Gadkari asked, "Why did you think so?" To this question, Ratan Tata said, "This is a hospital of the Union, so asked. Nitin Gadkari said, "Then I told Ratan Tata that this is not the case at all. This hospital is for people from all communities. In the Sangh Parivar, such thoughts (favouritism on the basis of religion) do not get caught in anyone's mind. Speaking on the occasion, the Union Minister for Road and Transport said more work needs to be done to improve health and education infrastructure in the country. He said facilities are not available as per the requirement in the field of education and health. If there are facilities in the urban area, the situation in rural areas is not good, especially the condition of education. But the facilities are improving. Gadkari also said that he does only 10 per cent of the siasat and 90 per cent of the social work.