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Monday , March 3 , 2014
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Pappu pledge for Mountain Man

Financial help has started pouring in for the family of Mountain Man Dashrath Manjhi now.

Pappu Yadav, the former MP from Purnea, visited Gehlaur village on Saturday and provided Rs 1 lakh in cash to the family. Bollywood superstar Aamir Khan, too, promised all possible help to the family and a team of Aamir Khan Production (AKP) is likely to visit Gehlaur to assess their requirements.

Pappu told The Telegraph over phone that Rs 10,000 would be provided to the family latest by the 10th day of every month. The monthly amount will be provided to the family by Maa Maati, the voluntary organisation of his wife Ranjita Ranjan.

Pappu added that even chief minister Nitish Kumar offered Dashrath his chair but no one came forward to provide financial help to the Mountain Man and his family when he was alive.

Even after Dashrath died, many people visited Gehlaur, made films and documentaries on his life but no one provided financial help to the family.

His son Bhagirath and daughter-in-law Basanti Devi have to cook meal at the village primary school for a monthly payment of just Rs 1,000 for two square meals.

He also demanded to put up a life-size statue of Dashrath in Gaya and Patna, include Dashrath’s biography in school curriculum within the state, President’s award for the Mountain Man, mention of Dashrath’s feat in the Guinness World Records and a ban on stone mining in and around Gehlaur.

“Maa Maati has been helping needy people and providing help to the family of Dashrath is a part of that. My wife Ranjita and I came to know about the poor financial condition of the family through TV channels. We immediately decided to visit Gaya and provide regular financial help to the family,” Pappu said.

Bhagirath said they would continue to cook midday meal in the primary school. He confirmed that the former MP provided money to the family. Bhagirath’s son-in-law Mithun said in June 2008, a Ranchi doctor had promised Rs 500 per month to the family, which continued for a year.

AKP state coordinator Shafi Ahmad said a team would visit the village soon on behalf of Aamir Khan as the star had requested to look after the family’s requirements.

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