In Cuttack, Odisha, an elderly woman donated all her property to a rickshaw puller in honor of 25 years of service to herself and her family. Minati Patnaik, 63, from Sutahat, has donated her three-storey house, gold ornaments and all her wealth to Buddha Samal, a rickshaw puller who has been serving her family for over two decades.
Minati lost her husband last year due to kidney failure. The rickshaw puller and his family had served Minati and her husband for 25 years. His daughter had recently died of heart failure.
According to a report in India Today, Minati Patnaik said, “I was shattered and living in grief after the death of my husband and daughter. After my tragic loss, none of my relatives supported me. Although, this rickshaw driver and his family stood by me during my difficult times and took care of my health without expecting anything in return.
“My relatives have enough assets. I have always wanted to give my property to a poor family.
“I decided to donate everything legally to Buddha Samal and his family so that no one bothers them after my death,” Minati said.
He added, “He used to take my daughter to Renshaw College. He was the rickshaw puller of the family. My trust in him and his dedication to me and my family rewarded him. I did them no great service by giving them my property. They deserve it.”
Although two of Minati’s three sisters objected to her decision to give their property to the rickshaw puller and his family, Minati was determined to carry out her plan. She followed all legal procedures to ensure that her property was properly transferred after her death.
In addition to his parents, Buddha has a wife and three children, two sons and a daughter.
Buddha Samal said, “I was shocked when mother (Minati) told me about her wealth. I have been serving this family for more than two decades and will continue to serve mother till my death. He said, “I am happy that mother has taken such an important decision which will have an impact on my life and my family’s life. Now I can live with my family under one roof.”
Buddha quit driving a rickshaw two years ago, following Minati’s behest. He moved to Minati’s house with his wife and children four months ago at Minati’s request.