Report: Ankit Kumar
Siwan. The ancestral village of India’s first President Deshratna Dr. Rajendra Prasad is located in Jiradei, just 15 km from Siwan, Bihar. People from far and wide come here every day to see it and visit here. But even after 75 years of independence, Rajendra Prasad’s ancestral house is neglected with basic facilities. Due to political and administrative neglect, the condition of the country’s first President’s residence is becoming pathetic. Assurances are being given by the government and administration to preserve the ancestral house for many years, but no serious effort is being made in this direction. The condition of the building is deteriorating due to lack of maintenance.
The situation remains the same even after 59 years of Rajendra Babu’s death.
Rameshwar Singh, 65, a local resident, says that Dr. Rajendra Prasad, a great educationist, efficient administrator and the country’s first President, has the credit of receiving many leaders like Mahatma Gandhi, Lok Nayak Jayaprakash Narayan in Jiradei during the freedom movement. Rajendra Babu died on 28 February 1963. Even after 59 years of his death, the condition of this building remains the same. The local people have been demanding for the past several years to make his ancestral home and village a tourist destination. But it has not been declared a tourist destination.
People from abroad including Delhi, Mumbai also come here to see the ancestral residence of Deshratna Dr. Rajendra Prasad. However, tourists face problems due to basic amenities.
Responsibility of ASI to maintain and protect the ancestral house
Local historian Krishna Kumar Singh told that the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) is responsible for the maintenance and protection of Rajendra Babu’s ancestral residence. According to the rules of ASI, no renovation work can be done within 200 meters radius of the ancestral house. Legal action will be taken against those who do this, but despite this, many houses remain in 200 meters radius.
Due to poor maintenance of the ancestral house, it is turning into ruins. The walls have been torn down in many places. Tourist Mantu Ojha told that there is no arrangement of drinking water, light and toilet at the ancestral residence. Tourists coming from far-flung places wander everywhere due to lack of basic facilities.
Report sent regarding maintenance and repair arrangements
Bhanu Pratap Singh, the staff of the Archaeological Department of India and the caretaker of the ancestral residence, said that a written report has been sent to the department regarding the basic facilities and the arrangement for the maintenance and repair of the building. It has been assured by the department that soon the problems will be resolved and they will be protected. An instrument has been made for this. As soon as the budget is received, work will be done on every aspect.
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FIRST PUBLISHED : September 11, 2022, 21:01 IST