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94-year-old from Jind builds health centre, awaits nod for staff

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The Times Of India
28th May, 2020 04:42 IST

Jind: A 94-year-old man from Jind has shown that it is never too late to fulfil your dreams. He has spent Rs 52 lakh on the construction of a sub health centre on his land to provide health care to people of his area. The nonagenarian, Dhanpat Shastri, belongs to Nidani village, located 10 km from Jind on the Jind-Sonipat road. Once the sub health centre starts, people will not have to run to the local civil hospital or any other nearby hospitals for treatment.

Construction of the double-story sub health centre built on a plot of one kanal and 17 marlas was completed on December 21, 2019, but the senior citizen had to run about to obtain approval for the centre as well as medical staff.

Talking to TOI, Dhanpat Shastri said, "I had left the village in 1947 to begin work in Assam. I did well in life and wanted to do something for society. I first explored the possibility of undertaking this project in 2015, but my dream came true in 2018 when health department approved construction of the building."

Shastri ascribes to the view that anyone who succeeds in life should contribute for the betterment of his place of origin. "Our birthplace is like heaven and it’s our duty to maintain it if we get the chance at any stage of life. I was inspired by my friends who have done a lot for their respective places," he maintained," he added.

Jind civil surgeon Jai Bhagwan Jataan said the staff will be inducted soon as approval has been granted for inducting three staff members including two with a degree in Master of Science in Public Health -- one male and one female -- and a class IV employee.

He used to work as an astrologer initially in Assam . He went there in search of some work but started working as an astrologer. He has three sons and two of them settled in Assam who are running their own shop and one is staying in Nasik city of Maharashtra. He is staying in Assam now along with his children but currently stuck in Delhi due to lockdown.

He is seeking an inauguration of sub health centre after lifting the lockdown.

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