JAIPUR: A daily wager’s dream of seeing a dispensary named after his mother has come true. Jodhpur local administration has constructed Nasiban health care centre on the piece of land that daily wager Abdul Shakur donated in 2013. Now, Shakur wants to build a medical laboratory in his mother’s name.
Living a quiet life in a room at Maderna colony in the outskirts of Jodhpur with his wife, Shakur barely remembers his age. Before he dies, he wants to see a laboratory for medical testing come up in his mother’s name on another piece of land, which he and his relatives jointly own. He had been saving money for past 30 years to send his mother to Haj. However, she passed away in 2012 due to prolonged illness. The savings couldn’t be spent on Haj.
“I could not send my mother on Haj pilgrimage. The best way I can compensate is by making her name immortal. The dispensary and laboratory are my tributes for my mother,” said Shakur, who confirmed his age with a relative (70 years).
When prodded how he thought of donating land for dispensary, he said, “I have seen people in my neighborhood struggle for medical care. My mother who died due to prolonged illness also faced lot of trouble in getting quality medical attention.”
Shakur who barely earns Rs. 200-250 a month as a labourer, said, “initially, nobody took it seriously and laughed at me. But, when I purchased the plot and went to donate it to local administration, people started supporting,” said Shakur on phone.
Now ,he is trying to procure his relatives’ share from the piece of land in order to donate it for laboratory. “I will spend the Haj savings on purchasing relatives’ share of land so that I could see the lab and dispensary working together,” said Shakur.