I'm a Communist, says bidi worker who donated Rs 2 lakh to CMDRF
The bidi worker from Kannur, who donated Rs 2 lakh from his bank savings of Rs 2,00,850 to the Chief Minister’s Distress Relief Fund (CMDRF) as part of the Covid Vaccine Challenge, has been identified finally.
Janardanan who resides in Kannur town is the person with a kind heart. He donated almost 99 percent of his savings for Vaccine Challenge and also requested the bank manager not to reveal his identity. But Mathrubhumi News reporter C K Vijayan managed to trace Janardanan.
Janardanan had been working in Dinesh Bidi company for 35-36 years. He quit the job about 10-12 years ago and continues working at his home. He makes 3000-3500 bidis in a week and earns around Rs 1000.
Janardanan’s savings included his wife’s gratuity and his gratuity too. He donated the amount to CMDRF. When asked if he donated the amount after being compelled, Janardanan replied that he did it to support the CM.
“The chief minister offered to give vaccine for free. But the Centre fixed a price for vaccine. So, the state cannot bear the expense. I felt that they did this to trap the CM. Thus I decided to give my savings as part of supporting him,” he added.
In Janardanan’s opinion, he is a communist. But as he did not sacrifice his life for the party he is only 50 percent Communist. He added that he is willing even to sacrifice his life for the party and that his children also supported his decision to donate the savings.
When the reporter asked him why he decided to hide his identity, Janardanan said that he is physically challenged and has always been an introvert.
“My left ear is completely impaired and right ear was subjected to surgery twice. Also I was affected with TB twice and survived with the government’s treatment. My contribution to CMDRF was also a gratitude for saving my life,” Janardanan stated.