BHUBANESWAR: Dana Majhi, the poor tribal who shot into fame for walking a 10 km stretch carrying the body of his wife, will no longer have to worry about the education of his daughters. City-based Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) has come forward to admit his three daughters - Chandini, Sonei and Pramila - to the institution that provides free education and boarding to tribal children from across the State.
The KISS administration took the decision after many tribal organisations of the backward Kalahandi district, including Biswabasu Sabar Samaj, District Tribal Society, All Odisha Banjara Samaj, Tribal Employees Sangram Samiti, and local MLA Dibyasankar Mishra requested the authorities concerned to take educational responsibility of the girls.
Representatives from these tribal organisations along with Dana Majhi reached Bhubaneswar on Saturday and met Achyuta Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS, to press the demand. Samanta agreed to admit Chandini, Sonei and Pramila to the institute. The tribal representatives from the district also requested KISS authorities to open a branch of the institute in Kalahandi. A branch of KISS will start functioning in Kalahandi from the coming academic year, the authorities hinted. Though land for the purpose was purchased in 2011, work has not progressed due to paucity of funds. The tribal organisations’ members also requested to admit 100 more children from Dana’s Melghar village and nearby areas to KISS, which also agreed to it in principle. Samanta informed the tribal representatives about financial assistance from Government of Bahrain to Dana Majhi. He has already discussed with the Ambassador of Bahrain in New Delhi in this regard, he informed.
An amount of ` nine lakh will be given to Dana whenever he visits the Embassy of Bahrain in New Delhi with a representative of KISS, Samanta added. As per advice of the Ambassador of Bahrain, the amount will be deposited in the accounts of daughters of Dana as fixed deposits, he informed.