A 75-year-old woman beggar in Odisha has donated Rs 5,000 of her savings to the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund for fight against COVID-19 pandemic.
According to reports, Sarojini Das, resident of Ekatala village in Rajkanika block, went to the BDO’s office and donated her savings to BDO D S Subhadarshi Joshi as her contribution to CMRF for the fight against coronavirus pandemic.
Das, a widow, also donated Rs 2,000 to the local press club that is providing cooked food to the poor and destitute people in the locality.
The BDO said Das has set an example for other people of the state by her selfless act.
Incidentally, in October last year Das had donated Rs 50,001 from her old age pension and savings to the Jagannath Temple corpus at Puri.
The BDO said she had a patch of land which she had sold off 5-6 years ago and kept the money.
When asked what the state government would do for Das, the BDO said the government would think about it.
Das has no children and begs for a living.
She sleeps in a room of the Jagulaipada gram panchayat office.
Incidentally, after the gram panchayat office was turned into a quarantine centre, the woman was forced to look for shelter in other places.