“I WANTED TO DO SOME­THING FOR THE LESS FOR­TU­NATE”

India Today - - GOOD NEWS - AJAYKUMAR MUNOT, Busi­ness­man 51 —As told to Aditi Pai

On the oc­ca­sion of his daugh­ter Shreya’s wed­ding in De­cem­ber last year, he built 90 homes at an ap­prox­i­mate Rs 80 lakh for the home­less in Aurangabad’s La­sur town and do­nated them.

In Septem­ber last year, while plan­ning my daugh­ter’s wed­ding, I sud­denly felt I should do some­thing for the less priv­i­leged. We had made all the book­ings for the wed­ding, but some­where I felt I wanted the less for­tu­nate to be a part of this special cel­e­bra­tion. My brother Prashant Bamb, the lo­cal MLA, sug­gested that I do­nate homes to the shel­ter­less since that’s a cause few peo­ple take up. I won­dered how would be able to ac­com­plish this within two-and-a-half months as the wed­ding was planned for De­cem­ber 12. Bamb as­sured all help. So we pro­cured land and laid the foun­da­tion stone on Oc­to­ber 2. The next day, we started work and fin­ished 90 homes within the stip­u­lated pe­riod. I had seen so many peo­ple—daily wa­gers, labour­ers, do­mes­tic work­ers—who had spent a life­time toil­ing but failed to se­cure a roof over their heads. I sur­veyed and selected 90 such fam­i­lies. I had only two con­di­tions—since I am a Jain, I only wanted ben­e­fi­cia­ries who do not eat meat; se­condly, they should not drink al­co­hol. The homes we built are 12 feet by 20 feet and have a room and a kitchen. After the wed­ding, I got my daugh­ter Shreya to hand over the house keys to these peo­ple and take their bless­ings.”

“It’s sad that de­spite In­dia on its way to be­com­ing the world’s di­a­betes cap­i­tal, we ig­nore talk­ing about health in class­rooms.”

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