Express News Service
SAMBALPUR: He is 98, however for Makardhwaj Pradhan age is only a quantity. The veteran politician, who is among the many first MLAs of the State, continues to work with the identical zeal for social service as he did when he set his foot into the State Assembly for the primary time almost 70 years again.
His life is devoted to the folks of Bhagamunda and the adjoining villages. Even in the present day, his day by day routine consists of assembly folks, listening to their issues and striving to resolve them. He even extends monetary assist to the needy from his MLA pension of Rs 30,000 a month.
“I joined politics with the objective to help people. After serving as the MLA for one term, I realised I could continue to work for them without being in active politics,” he says.
Pradhan’s curiosity in politics developed throughout his school days in Ravenshaw University at Cuttack. Influenced by the ideology of the Socialist celebration, he determined to contest the Vidhan Sabha election in 1952 from the then Ambabhona-Mura constituency as an Independent. However, one in all his identified Socialist leaders provided him to contest from the celebration and he was elected because the MLA of the constituency underneath Chief Minister Nabakrushna Choudhury.
This was when building of the Hirakud dam was underway. The Ambhabona-Mura village cluster was among the many many areas to be submerged by the dam. He took up the cudgels on behalf of the affected populace and fought for his or her rehabilitation and resettlement. However, in direction of the top of his tenure, the dam was full. He himself was additionally displaced and later settled at Bhagamunda village underneath Lakhanpur in Jharsuguda district.
During all these years, Pradhan has labored actively for the curiosity of the farmers and improvement of the village. While his mobility is restricted now because of the old-age issues, Pradhan stated that he has two extra goals to fulfil – that of making certain MSP for vegetable farmers in his space and creating Bhagamunda as a drought-free village.
On modern politics, Pradhan has expressed his disenchantment. “Politicians today are not concerned about the welfare of the people. Politics has become a commercial activity”, he stated.
Age is only a quantity for 98-year-old Makardhwaj Pradhan – one of many first legislators of Odisha – as he has by no means ceased to work for the welfare of the folks and uplift of the downtrodden, writes Mayank Bhusan Pani