Padma Shri diamantaire, philanthropist Savjibhai Dholakia, Founder Chairman, Hari Krishna Exports, was recently conferred with Padma Shri Award for social work. Stalwarts from the diamond trade lauded the first-ever Padma Shri Awardee from the diamond industry.
Savijibhai’s efforts to provide water in the drought-hit region of Saurashtra was extolled by Colin Shah, Chairman, GJEPC and called the Padma Shri winner “The ‘Waterman of Saurashtra.” Seventy-five lakes have been constructed under the Dholakia Foundation benefiting 20 villages and 2 lakh farmers, the current project, Pancha Ganga Sarovar is a collection of 5 freshwater catchment lakes and he intends to complete 100 lakes in the next two years.
Savjibhai started his entrepreneurial journey at the age of 12 when he migrated from his hometown Dudhala in Amreli to Surat to work in the diamond industry. In 1992, he founded the company with his three brothers and established his offices in New York, Hong Kong, and Antwerp. A recipient of several awards for his work, including 16 consecutive Excellence Awards for Exports by GJEPC, Savjibhai is known to motivate and reward his staff of over 7500 employees.Many accolades and praises were showered on the diamantaire for his contribution to the society at large, but Savjibhai said that he owed his success to the unstinting support of his family. He said, “The industry stalwarts have honoured me and that in itself is my Padma Award. By receiving this high civil honour of the country, our responsibility towards the motherland has only increased.” Thus saying, the brand-new helicopter costing a whopping Rs 50 crore, gifted by Savjibhai’s family for his personal use and convenience, was instantly donated by the philanthropist for medical and other emergencies in Surat city.