A retired Indian Air Force (IAF) soldier donated almost entire savings of his life to Defence Ministry. Let’s take a moment to appreciate him. The 74-year-old CBR Prasad who is a retired Air Force man donated Rs 1.08 crore to the defence forces. He earned this much amount when he started a poultry farm after retiring from the IAF.
“After 9 years I left the Indian Air Force (IAF) because the Indian Railways offered me a good job. Unfortunately, I did not get that job. I started a small poultry farm for my livelihood. Fortunately, I did well,” Prasad was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.
“After fulfilling my family responsibilities, I thought I should give back to the defence whatever I got from there. I decided to give Rs 1.08 crore to the defence forces,” added Prasad.
Prasad met defence minister Rajnath Singh and then handed over the cheque worth a crore rupees. Prasad started poultry farming and has really worked hard for over 30 years after retirement. Prasad also set up a sports university with an intention to help the society.
Prasad extended his contribution to Indian Air Force for 9 years before he left it. When asked whether his family approved his decision to donate massive saving, he said, “Absolutely, no problem. I have given my daughter 2 per cent of my property and one per cent to my wife. Rest 97 per cent, I am giving back to society.”
Prasad was quite humble in telling about his first meeting with defence minister Rajnath Singh.
“Rajnath Singh was happy to see that such a small sepoy was giving his entire savings back to the defence,” he says.
He then shared the story behind him getting the idea to donate his massive saving to Defence Ministry. Prasad adds that it is a big story.
“When I was 20 years, and I was working in the Air Force, my officers called one gentleman GD Naidu from Coimbatore as a Chief Guest. He said that India was a great country because our sages thought that we should give back to our society, once our family responsibility is over,” he said.
“You should not take back anything because you did not get anything while coming. Give that minimum needed to your family and the rest to the society and rest of the life work for the society,” he added.
Prasad also spoke about his days of struggle in his life. He said, “I left home with Rs 5 in my pocket and earned 500-acre land with my bare hard work. I have given 5-acre to my wife and 10-acre to my daughter and rest everything, I am utilising for the society,” adds the retired IAF man.
The retired soldier also adds saying that he had once dreamt of winning an Olympic medal for India, but couldn’t manage to do so and now he trains kids at his sports university so that they can make India proud by winning Olympic gold.
“I established one sports university-like campus in about 50 acres of land. In another 50 acres of land, I am building another sports university. My ambition is to build two sports universities — one for boys and one for girls. As a child, I had the ambition to win Olympic medal but I could not. So, for the last 20 years, I have been training children,” the retired soldier Prasad added.