Another Honest Man : This Species Still Survives!

Guj auto driver Raju Bharwad returns Rupees 1.90 crores cheque wrongly issued to him

Bharat Yagnik TNN

Ahmedabad: An Ahmedabad autorickshaw driver has returned a Rs 1.90 crore cheque issued in his name in lieu of three bigha of land acquired for Tata’s Nano plant in Sanand.
Raju Bharwad could have pocketed the sum, but gave an undertaking that he no longer owned the owner the land. He ensured that the names of the new owners are entered in the official records.
Raju’s family owned 10 bigha land in Sanand. Thirty years ago, his grandfather sold three bigha for around Rs 5 lakh on which 40-odd families built small tenements. Later, the Nano plant was to come up in the area and land prices skyrocketed. The Gujarat Industrial Development Corporation (GIDC) acquired land for it at Rs 28 lakh a bigha and started paying farmers in whose names the plots were registered.
Since the new owners had failed to register their names, records still listed Raju and his mother, Baluben, as owners.
“Honesty is one thing my parents taught me. I could not have used money acquired through dishonest means for my family,” says Raju, who lives in a small tworoom house with his wife, three kids and mother.
His family too urged him to take the right step. “I may earn Rs 6,000 per month, but live a life of dignity. I own four bighas, which should take care of my family’s future needs,” he adds.

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