The prime minister was touched upon hearing about the donation and directed the authorities concerned to build Nazimuddin a modern house with her personal funds
A Sherpur beggar who has been praised for donating his savings to people affected by Covid-19 has drawn the attention of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, and she is going to gift him a modern house on Sunday
Nazimuddin, 80, donated Tk10,000 that he had saved by seeking alms for over two years to the UNO's relief fund on April 21. He had been saving the money to build a new house in Jhenaigati upazila.
The prime minister was touched upon hearing about the donation and directed the authorities concerned to build Nazimuddin a modern house with her personal funds.
At a function on April 27, Sheikh Hasina said Nazimuddin had set a noble example for the whole world, as such humanity is not even seen among affluent people.
The prime minister herself finalized the design of the house for the elderly man.
In addition to the house, Nazimuddin is also being given a shop so that he can support his family and no longer must beg. He has already been given Tk20,000 to start a grocery store.
Furthermore, the government is giving him the Khas land where he is currently living, at Gandhigaon village under the upazila.
"We will hand over the newly-constructed house to the great man [Nazimuddin] on behalf of the Prime Minister [on Sunday]... the house has been constructed with money from the personal fund of the prime minister," said Deputy Commissioner of Sherpur Anar Koli Mahbub.
"Though the government wanted to build a new house in another suitable place, Nazimuddin was not willing to move from the place he is now living, which is government land. So, the new house was constructed at his present location," the Sherpur DC added.
Legal procedures to register the Khas land under Nazimuddin's name are underway, said Jhenaigati Upazila Nirbachi Officer Rubel Mahmud.
The upazila administration has continued various support to the great man, he added.