BJP MLA remains barefoot for 7 yrs

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Sagar(MP), Jan 29 (UNI) A Madhya Pradesh legislator, who had taken a vow not to don footwear until a government maternity home was set up at his native village, may soon be able to wear slippers after a gap of seven years.

Madhya Pradesh Handicraft and Handloom Development Corporation Chairman and Malehra constituency's BJP MLA Kapoorchand Ghuwara told UNI here today that in the absence of any maternity home about 50 to 60 women of nearby areas died during delivery every year and this had inspired him to take the pledge.

With the help of common people, he collected Rs 25 lakh and constructed a building but still several government formalities had to be completed. Practically, he would remain barefoot till the maternity home starts functioning. .

With Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan's announcement of government aid of Rs 80 lakh to set up a 30-bed maternity home, Mr Ghuwara hoped that the work on it would start this year.

''I had toured Athens, Rome, France and Bahrain barefoot. During my visits, when people heard about my commitment, they also donated funds for the cause'', Mr Ghuwara added.

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