Mangaluru: In whatever he does, state’s minister of health and family welfare U T Khader leaves a stamp of sincerity, concern, dedication and a sense of duty.
No wonder then that he has been repeatedly elected their MLA by the people of the Mangaluru (former Ullal) assembly constituency, cutting across the barriers of class, creed and ideology.
In recognition of his verve, vigour and enthusiasm, he was quite deservingly made a minister in 2013. And he was not found wanting. He has introduced several people-friendly innovations in his department. Surprise visits to hospitals and offices under his department have energized the employees out of their casual attitude and brought about kind of a new vitality in the working system.
It is in appreciation of his qualitative contribution to his field of work that he has won over thousands of admirers all over. Of course, there are brickbats aimed at him quite often, but it is also true that most of them spurred by envious admiration, feel his admirers.
One similar group is the U T Khader Fans’ Club based in B C Road, Bantwal, which has members from all faiths and denominations spread over different places. To mark the 46th birthday of their dear idol, the group organized a function in his honour in the Lions Seva Mandir on Sunday.
It is a known fact that the minister by nature avoids publicity and personal glorification, yet he could not help being part of it since it involved the humanitarian cause of blood donation. The Wenlock district hospital and Dr M V Trust, Mangaluru collaborated in the initiative.
Khader was honoured on the occasion for his contribution to public life. Responding to the honour, he said that one had to accept both criticism and appreciation in the same spirit. “The only path to achievement is to love those who criticize us and lead one’s life nevertheless,” he opined.
He further said that implementation of any plans for the people could not be effected by the elected representatives and the bureaucracy alone. Only an inclusive and participatory contribution by the public could determine the success or failure of any programme, he pointed out.
Differently-abled achievers Fairoz Sajipa and Prashant Chowkadapalu, drivers Sunil Ivan Menezes, Hussein Sundarabettu, Sundar Poojary Jakribettu and Valerian D’Souza and public-spirited young achiever Ashiq Kukkaje were also honoured on the occasion.
An exclusive highlight of the programme was the release of a ‘MyStamp’ carrying Khader’s pic and a dahlia flower, issued by India Posts.
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