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77-Year-old Doctor from MP’s Jabalpur who treats people for ₹ 20 conferred with Padma Shri

Dr. Dawar sees 200 patients daily. Dr. Dawar was posted as Captain in the Indian Army. During the Indo-Pakistani war of 1971, he treated hundreds of injured soldiers.

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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Jabalpur: Padma Awards have been announced on the eve of Republic Day. Veteran humanitarian doctor (Captain) MC Dawar of Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh has been honored with Padma Shri by the Government of India. 77-year-old Dr. Dawar still treats patients for a nominal fee of Rs.20. As soon as the news of Dr. Dawar getting the Padma Shri came to the fore, people started congratulating him at his house.

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Dr Dawar was born on January 16, 1946 in Punjab, Pakistan and after the partition, he shifted to India. In 1967, he completed his MBBS (Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery) from Jabalpur.

Dr. Dawar had told in an interview that out of 533 candidates, when he had given the exam for army recruitment, only 23 people were selected. Of these, his name was at number 9.

He has also served in the Indian Army during the Indo-Pak war in 1971 for around a year. After that he has been providing health care services to people in Jabalpur since 1972 at a very nominal charge. He started treating people for ₹ 2 and currently he charges just ₹ 20 as his fees.

On being conferred with Padma Shri, Dr Dawar told sources, “Hard work pays off sometimes, even if it is delayed. It is a result of that and it is the blessings of the people that I have received this award.”

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Talking about his life experiences he said, “There was definitely a discussion in the house about charging such a low fee, but there was no dispute about it. Our only aim was to serve the people, so that is why the fees were not increased. The basic mantra of success is if you work patiently then you definitely get success and success is also respected.”

Dr Dawar’s son Rishi said, “We used to think that awards are given only because of political reach, but the way the government is finding and honouring the people working on the ground, it is a very good thing and our father has received this award.”

“It is a matter of great pride for us, for our family and for our city,” said Suchita, daughter-in-law of Dr Dawar.

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