With handsome alms, beggars at Ajmer dargah maintain bank accounts and ATM cards

Written by | October 5, 2016 | 0

Ajmer: With a handsome earning through begging, many beggars in the narrow bylanes outside the Dargah of Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti in Ajmer maintain their own bank accounts.

Pappu Singh, a beggar from Bihar, keeps a target of Rs 200 per day to deposit it in his account.

Pappu became a beggar by chance. Pappu, whose limbs were amputated, came to visit Ajmer for blessings of Khwaja when some devotees thinking he is a beggar started giving him alms, says a report.

“I first felt offended but later accepted it as a blessing of the Khwaja Garib Nawaz,” said Pappu.

Two other beggars, both siblings from Tripura, have a joint bank account in the Canara Bank.

The two brothers- Raja Islam and Shahidul Islam- are in the begging business for the last 10 years in Ajmer.

Shahidul is blind, but Raja helps him in manoeuvring through the congested bylanes of Ajmer for alms.

Another beggar Nasima Khanam aged 62 travels 30-km from Kishangarh to Ajmer on a daily basis for begging around dargah.

On every second or third day, Nasima deposits her saving in a nationalised bank and uses an ATM card to check her balance.

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