Kalahandi: Melghara village in Rampur block is the latest destination of government officials, NGOs, benevolent business persons who have made a beeline to this sleepy village in a bid to help Dana Majhi, who has been referred as a poster of poverty, a man who walked 10-km carrying his wife’s body on his shoulder in Odisha’s Kalahandi district in the absence of an ambulance.
His tragedy shook the nation, triggering a national uproar and a windfall of aids, grants and help from all quarters possible.
Though too late, Dana Majhi has received enough funds to declare him a millionaire.
“The amount which I have received till now is more than 9 lakhs. I wish to educate my children, and will work towards their betterment. I have kept all the funds received in Gunpur bank,” said Dana Majhi to media persons.
“People are coming forward to help me in cash, but I am unable to keep a track of all these. My mind is not working properly with all this limelight. I don’t even remember the names and amount of many persons who have come to my aid,” revealed Majhi.
Though the help has come in the way of Majhi too late, but the aid has made him his neighbour’s envy.
The authorities have promised admission for his three daughters, Chandini, Chauli and seven-year-old Sonai, in a residential tribal school.
Majhi has received a one-time assistance of Rs 5 lakh from Sulabh International, plus Rs 10,000 every month from it for the eldest daughter, Chandini till she gets married or has a job.
The Sulabh International has made fixed deposit (FD) in the bank account of Dana Majhi which will mature five years from now on September 3, 2021. “Dana Majhi will get a sum of Rs 7,33,921 after five years at the interest rate of 7.5 percent,” said an official of the bank where the FD was made.
The district administration has given him Rs 30,000 and a sack of rice. A Maharastrian donor has given Rs 80,000 plus four term deposit certificates of Rs. 10,000 each in his and his three daughters’ names.
He will get Rs. 75,000 under Indira Awas Yojana in three different phases and inclusion under the National Family Benefit Scheme.
He would be given a land of around 4 decimal which has been announced by the government.
A rechargeable solar battery is also on its way to his house, though the solar panel is yet to arrive.
In addition to all these, there is a donation of an undisclosed sum by the Bahraini Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa, according to Gulf Daily News , which is considered to be a substantial amount.
The Kalahandi Collector, Brinda D has sent a team to Majhi’s village to access and keep a track on to his total aid and how is it going to be spent.
Majhi, who lives in an asbestos-roofed mud house with his three daughters doesn’t even realise that his tragedy has geared up the announcement of the government’s new ambulance scheme ‘Mahapranayana’ and the state government is on its way to set up a new medical college in Kalahandi.