INDORE: Employees of Coal India Ltd. (CIL) will donate one day’s salary to purchase a house in South Africa where Mahatma Gandhi stayed as a lawyer.

“All the CIL employees will donate their one-day salary towards the noble cause of purchasing the house where Mahatma Gandhi spent his initial days of struggle in South Africa,” Union Minister for Coal Sriprakash Jaiswal told reporters here on Thursday.

Mr. Jaiswal also said he and CIL officers would donate their one-month salary for the purpose. “With this initiative, we will collect more funds than actually required to purchase the house ‘The Krail’ in Johannesburg, so that a permanent memorial can be created in the honour of Mahatma Gandhi.”

CIL is trying to ascertain which portion of the house Gandhi lived in. He is thought to have lived in the house for three years from 1907. — PTI

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