The Founder and Chairman of Rasna Group, Areez Pirojshaw Khambatta passed away on Saturday.
Areej Pirojshaw Khambatta was also the Chairman of Areez Khambatta Benevolent Trust and Rasna Foundation.
He was also the former Chairman of WAPIZ (World Alliance of Parsi Irani Zarthostis). He was the past President of Ahmedabad Parsi Panchayat, Vice-President of the Federation of Parsi Zoroastrian Anjuman of India.
In addition, Khambatta has contributed immensely to Indian industry, business, and most importantly societal development through social service, as the Commandant of Ahmedabad Home Guards and Civil Defence for 20 years.
Khambatta's efforts in Entrepreneurship Development societal services have been recognised with a lot of awards, to name a few: He was awarded the President of India’s Home Guard and Civil Defence Medal as well as the Paschimi Star, Samarseva and Sangram Medals.
He was also honoured with the National Citizen’s Award for outstanding contribution to the field of Commerce by the President of India, Dr Shankar Dayal Sharma. He was also awarded the Samman Patra by the Finance Ministry for his contribution to the National Exchequer as the highest taxpayer of Gujarat. He was felicitated by the Ahmedabad Parsi Panchayat and was chosen as the first ‘Outstanding Parsi of Ahmedabad’.
Khambatta created the world-famous “Rasna” brand, which today also quenches the thirst of millions of Indians at an affordable price. Also, through his industrious efforts, thousands of jobs are generated directly and indirectly across India, and with his developing fruit-based products, millions of farmers have got better value for their crops across the country.
Khambatta leaves behind his legacy to his wife Persis, children Piruz, Delna, and Ruzan his daughter-in-law Binaisha, and grandkids Arzeen, Arzad, Avan, Areez, Firoza, and Arnavaz to follow.