Kozhikode

District Collector visits Nayanar Balika Sadanam

District Collector N. Prashanth having a word with a local resident as he visits the Nayanar Balika Sadanam in Kozhikode on Saturday. Photo: K. Ragesh

District Collector N. Prashanth having a word with a local resident as he visits the Nayanar Balika Sadanam in Kozhikode on Saturday. Photo: K. Ragesh  

District Collector N. Prashanth mooted a day-care centre for mentally challenged adults at the Nayanar Balika Sadanam building in Eranhipalam here.

The Collector, who visited the Sadanam on Saturday, inspected the condition of the building that used to house the Balika Sadanam till 1999 and made suggestions regarding putting the property to better use.

The Balika Sadanam that was launched by freedom fighter V.R. Nayanar in 1942 was brought under Nayanar Children’s Homes Society in 1957 under the leadership of his wife. After her death in 1985, the society managed the Sadanam, which was closed down in 1999 owing to internal disputes. The building and the one-acre land it is situated in later fell into the hands of the land mafia and the society had to fight it out in court for around 14 years to secure the property back.

It was only in October 2014 that the society, with the help of the Uralungal Labour Contractors’ Cooperative Society, made plans to renovate and put it to better use.

A salient feature of the property is that it houses a part of Mahatma Gandhi’s ashes, which was brought here by freedom fighter K. Kelappan, as it was a wish of the Father of the Nation to visit the Sadanam. The District Collector said that using the property for something that would adhere to the principles of Gandhiji, and also the philanthropic intentions of Mr. Nayanar, was the best way to keep off the land mafia.

He said that there were around 25 people in the Eranhipalam- Karapparamba area alone who were either bedridden or mentally challenged that their mothers were bound to take care of them round the clock. “They have no place to entrust their wards in case they have to go out during the day. If the Balika Sadanam was converted into a place where they can be taken care of, it will be a great relief to these women,” he added.

The Collector said that if a proper plan was drawn for the project, fund raising was not an issue and that there would be enough public support. He stressed the need to renovate the building thoroughly before the new endeavour.

The former Mayor C.J. Robin and office-bearers of the society were present.

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