Rajya Sabha MP Rakesh Sinha has donated Rs 25 lakh from his MPLAD fund to make a library in memory of Begusarai CRPF Inspector Pintu Kumar Singh, who was killed in an encounter in Jammu and Kashmir. Sinha said he would continue making such donations to “break cultural immobility”, even if political opponents criticise him.
He said the people of Singh’s village were demanding a statue, but he gave them the idea of a library and they accepted it, and the panchayat donated land for it.
He said that Singh’s three brothers are illiterate, but they liked the idea of a library, which would be monitored by a five-member committee on all purchases and expenses.
“Election time or not, I will continue to make such donations. My opponents may criticise me because they are not used to such use of MPLAD fund. My idea is to spend 50 per cent of my fund to break cultural immobility,” Sinha told The Indian Express.
He added that after the elections, he would donate from MPLAD fund for work on Sankardev, a 16th-century Assamese scholar, in Assam.
Sinha, who visited the CRPF inspector’s village of Dhyanchakki in Begusarai on March 5, said he was overcome with emotion at the condition of his family, which has three bighas of land. “I went to meet a martyr’s family. I committed funds for a library with MPLAD fund and decided to…