Couple cancels Haj plan, donates land for `Life Mission` project


Aranmulla residents Jasmin and Hanifa were fulfilling their long-held dream of going on Hajj and were ready to sell their land to raise funds for the trip when they had second thoughts. Instead, the couple, married for over three decades, decided to donate their 28-cent ancestral land to Life Mission, the state government’s flagship housing scheme for the landless.

The couple’s decision came after seeing the plight of a neighboring family living in the rented premises and finding it difficult to cremate the body of a recently deceased family member.

“We were planning to sell our property and use the funds for Haj pilgrimage. But, in the last few months, we have seen some incidents where some families find it difficult to cremate their family members because they have property. No. Such incidents forced us to rethink our Haj plans,” Hanifa told PTI.

He said that recently a person had passed away in his area and a community leader had donated four cents of his land to the family for the funeral and cremation.
“After that incident, we decided to use the land to help the needy instead of going for Hajj,” Hanifa said.

Local Self-Government Minister MV Govindan hailed the couple’s decision and said it was an inspiration to the society.

Minister Govindan said that this couple is an inspiration for the forward journey of the society which every human being needs to embrace.

“People like Hanifa and Jasmine have set an example of humanity and are role models for society,” Govindan said.

Health Minister Veena George visited 57-year-old Hanifa’s house on Sunday to obtain an agreement from the couple to hand over property to Jeevan Mission on behalf of the Aranmula Gram Panchayat.

Govindan said the land, owned by 48-year-old Jasmin, was acquired under the Left government’s ‘Mansodithiri Mannu’ campaign.

“So far, the government has received 926.75 cents of land at 13 locations for the Jeevan Mission scheme. Also, at 30 locations, 830.8 cents of land has been assured for the Jeevan Mission. The project also received a sponsorship of Rs. 25 crore. Build 1,000 houses,” the minister said.

Govindan said he hopes more people will come forward to help the poor and take inspiration from the couple.

He said that the Left Government has so far handed over 2,95,006 houses to the beneficiaries under the Jeevan Mission Scheme. He also said that currently 34,374 houses are under construction. He said that there are 27 housing complexes which are under construction.

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