Af­ter PM’s ges­ture, more help pours in for Kota or­phans

Hindustan Times ST (Jaipur) - - Front Page - Aab­shar H Quazi aab­shar.quazi@hindustantimes.com

More help poured in for the an or­phan brother-sis­ter duo in Kota who had found ₹96,500 in de­mon­e­tised bank notes months af­ter the dead­line to ex­change such notes was over.

Sev­eral so­cial or­gan­i­sa­tions to­gether handed over a cheque of ₹61,000 to Su­raj Ban­jara (17) and his sis­ter Saloni (9) at a small func­tion here on Satur­day.

This comes days af­ter Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi wrote a let­ter to the sib­lings re­leas­ing a fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance of ₹50,000.

The PM also got the duo in­sured un­der Prad­han Mantri Su­rak­sha Bima Yo­jana (PMSBY) and Prad­han Mantri Jee­van Jy­oti Beema Yo­jana (PMJJBY) and paid in ad­vance the pre­mium for the schemes for five years.

The so­cial or­ga­ni­za­tions, Bhamashah Mandi Grain Mer­chants As­so­ci­a­tion, Hadauti Kota Stone As­so­ci­a­tion and oth­ers, col­lected ₹61,000 on an ap­peal made by Kota MP Om Birla.

Speak­ing on the oc­ca­sion, the MP said funds for the ed­u­ca­tion of the two chil­dren and wed­ding when they at­tain adult­hood will be ar­ranged through pub­lic con­tri­bu­tion.

Su­raj said that he was de­lighted to have got the money, which he will use for the good of his younger sis­ter.

Chair­man of the child wel­fare com­mit­tee, Kota, Har­ish Gu­rub- ak­shani, who had ear­lier helped the chil­dren write an open let­ter to the PM, was also present. Su­raj and Saloni, now liv­ing at Madhu Sm­riti Sansthan shel­ter home, had writ­ten to the PM on March 24, af­ter Re­serve Bank of In­dia ex­pressed help­less­ness in ex­chang­ing such large num­ber of de­mon­e­tized notes—171 notes in de­nom­i­na­tion of ₹500 and ₹1,000.

The chil­dren had found the money, ap­par­ently set aside by their mother, dur­ing a search at their house in Sahrawada vil­lage in Kota.

The house was locked af­ter the sib­lings were brought to the chil­dren’s home four years ago when their mother was mur­dered. Their fa­ther had died ear­lier.

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Seven­teen­year­old Su­raj Ban­jara with his 9­year­old sis­ter Saloni.

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