STORY: In a unique gesture, a businessman in India’s western Aurangabad city on Monday (December 12) gifted 90 houses to homeless people on the occasion of his daughter’s wedding.
Ajay Munot, a local wholesale trader, reportedly spent INR 15 million (USD 222,229) to construct the houses which consist of one bedroom and living room each.
Munot and his family personally chose the allottees making sure that only the needy benefitted.
Munot said this was his way of giving back to the society.
“We also have a duty towards the society that we should give something to it. So we thought and we got an idea that we should provide shelter. There are so many underprivileged people. It is also (Prime Minister Narendra) Modi’s vision that something like this should be done in the society, so we also tried to achieve that vision,” said Munot.
The family made sure that the allottees were those who lived in slums and did not have any drug addictions.
The allottees were ecstatic.
“I am feeling very good. They have given us a house now. We used to feel humiliated when we were living in the rented house before this. We did not have the facilities of water and electricity. We are so happy that we have got a house now,” said Bhima Fakarraho, one of the allottees.
According to latest census data, India is home to 78 million homeless people, including 11 million street children. Though the total number of houses has increased from 52.06 million to 78.48 million, there is a shortage of 18.78 millions houses in the country.
The number of people living in slums in India has more than doubled in the past two decades and is projected to rise to 93 million in 2011 or 7.75 percent of the total population.