L&T (Larsen & Toubro) Chief AM Naik pledged to donate and devote 75% of his lifetime income to charity. His decision came out as he gets ready to step down from active leadership of the $16-billion engineering conglomerate a year from now.
"Charity is a personal desire. In my case, giving has continued for three generations. My grandfather and father did not have money so they lived their lives with simplicity but they serve people," Naik said. "I have committed to use 75% of my income for charitable purposes."
He's set up two charitable trusts — the Naik Charitable Trust for education and skill training and the Nirali Memorial Medical Trust, named after his granddaughter who died of cancer in 2007. According to Economic Times report, Naik declined to give details.
According to another report, Naik took home nearly Rs 200 crore in compensation in 2010-16. In FY16, this included stock options awarded by L&T Infotech. Since 1995, when Naik made his first donation to a hospital in his native village in Gujarat, he has donated about Rs 125 crore to charitable initiatives.
An asset management company handles Naik's money while his sister's family assists him in philanthropy. Naik is currently engaged in building a school and hospital close to L&T's Powai campus and is also keen on setting up a fire station there.
"I want to carry out my charity work at my 'janmabhoomi' and my 'karmabhoomi'," Naik said. Naik became the chief executive in 1999 and chairman in 2003.