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Winter gift for jail inmates

A villager of Sobaiya has donned the Santa robe this winter to help not only the poor but also jail inmates who do not have the means to protect themselves from the biting cold.

Even though the state government is yet to come up with measures to help the underprivileged, BJP Go-vansh Vikas Pradhikaran cell national joint convener and in-charge of the Bihar & Jharkhand unit, Mayankeshwar Singh has been distributing blankets from December 22.

“This time, Singh also visited the police stations at Kesariya and Kalyanpur, where there is a shortage of warm clothes and blankets for the inmates in the lock-up,” said Pramod Kumar Singh, a resident of Sobaiya village.

It is not a political feat for Singh, as he has been doing this for the past six years.

On December 25, the birthday of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Singh gifted blankets to the poor and downtrodden. He also advised people to give up all forms of intoxication, including alcohol and drugs. Singh also asked the youths to give up bad habits.

He advised them to quit intoxication and made them take oaths in order to do so. He added that if they gave up such habits, it would ensure progress and prosperity for them and their coming generations.

After distributing blankets among nearly 600 people in about 40 panchayats of Kesariya and Kalyanpur blocks in the district, he ended his drive at an orphanage in the Chhota Bariyarpur locality of the town on Friday.

At the orphanage, he gave away blankets to 24 children in the presence of orphanage manager Rameshwar Sah.

“Inspired by the basic concept of antyodaya (uplift of the last person in society), I want to reach the doors of needy people in the maximum number of villages. I can afford to give blankets to people in Kesariya and Kalyanpur blocks every year with my limited stock. This is how I plan to show my respect towards the humanity,” said Singh.

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