In a rare philanthropic gesture, two farmers have donated their land for the construction of a government hospital, winning the hearts of people in the Shekhawati region of Rajasthan, where health indicators are low and basic health care facilities are few and far between. The hospital will come up in Beswa village, near Fatehpur, in the next nine months.
Community health centre
To recognise the contribution of the two farmers — Asghar Khan and Hakim Ali — State Medical and Health Minister Rajendra Rathore drove to the dusty and nondescript Beswa village, 65 km from Sikar, on Sunday and laid the foundation stone for the Community Health Centre. He sanctioned Rs. 3 crore on the spot from his department’s budget for the CHC.
Villagers were all praise for the two farmer-brothers, who have donated their land measuring eight bighas, situated at a prime location on Mukundgarh Road. Beswa Sarpanch Zarina Bano said the hospital would have a minor operation theatre and a labour room in addition to regular treatment facilities.
‘Call of conscience’
Asghar Khan, 68, who has been tilling the land since his youth, told The Hindu that he was moved by the difficulties of people in the rural belt who had to traverse long distances during medical emergencies. “For me, this was a call of conscience.”
Fatehpur MLA Nand Kishore Maharia, addressing a well-attended foundation stone laying ceremony, said the hospital would cater to the needs of people from half-a-dozen nearby villages. He profusely thanked the two farmers, whose families also serve in the Army, in keeping with the tradition of the Shekhawati region.
Mr. Rathore described the generous act as a contribution to not only the healthcare infrastructure, but also communal harmony in the Shekhawati region. “At a time when people are not willing to part with an inch of their land, you have set new standards with the pious intention…I salute your spirit.”