Special Correspondent

JAIPUR: Leading jeweller and philanthropist Rashmikant Durlabji died here on Wednesday. He was 70. He is survived by his wife Sumedha, son Mehul and a daughter.

Ailing for some time, Mr. Durlabhji was admitted to the intensive care unit of Santokbha Durlabhji Memorial Hospital (SDMH) five days ago.

An alumnus of St. Xavier's, Jaipur, and St. Stephen's, Delhi, Mr. Durlabhji was a trailblazer in the medical care sector in Rajasthan. For more than 40 years he was the secretary of the Santokbha Durlabhji Trust, which runs a 350-bed multi-disciplinary hospital and training centres for postgraduate doctors, nurses and paramedical staff.

He was also the president of the Khailshankar Durlabhji Trust named after his father--which manages Avednashram, a hospice and a day care centre for the elderly.

The Durlabhjis, who came down to Rajasthan from Gujarat, were also pioneers in the now flourishing gem and jewellery trade in the Pink City. While his father owned mines abroad, Mr. Rashmi Durlabhji was the former president of the Gem and Jewellery Promotion Council of India and was adviser to the Council at the time of his death. He was the convener of the international gem and jewellery show held recently in Jaipur. The funeral was held at the Adarsh Nagar cremation grounds here in the afternoon. Chief Minister Vasudhara Raje and Congress general secretary Ashok Gehlot have condoled the demise of Mr. Durlabhji.