An Indian-American couple has donated more than Rs 10 million to healthcare projects in Bihar and Jharkhand. The Bihar Jharkhand Association of North America (BJANA) announced on Monday 150,000 donations from the Ramesh and Kalpana Bhatia Family Foundation to the Bihar Jharkhand Association of North America will be used for healthcare efforts in rural areas of both states through the PRAN-BJANA Clinic Initiative. Immigrant Alumni Free (PRAN) is an initiative of Indian-American doctors working in Bihar and Jharkhand to provide health care to the downtrodden and vulnerable.
These doctors have set up a PRAN clinic in Ranchi, which provides free healthcare to the needy. Their aim is to provide free health services in the states. BJANA President Avinash Gupta said, “This has been made possible by the donations of Ramesh and Kalpana Bhatia. The huge donation to the Bihar-Jharkhand Association of North America is a testament to the philanthropic activities going on both here and at home. ” Former FIA president Alok Kumar said such a donation would help the Bihar Jharkhand Association of North America run its healthcare business in the region. Kalpana Bhatia is a resident of NIT Patna and runs a successful business in Texas.