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Monday 23 October 2017
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JMD Transport offers rent money to paralysed man

Central business-owner, Indarjit Ragoonanan heeded the call for help from paralysed man Marcus Ganesh, 37. Ragoonanan offered Ganesh cash to cover six months rent for the two-bedroom unit he got from the Housing Development Corporation (HDC).

Ragoonanan who is the manager of JMD Transport of Chase Village, Chaguans, read about Ganesh’s plight in Newsday.

He contacted the Newsday offering to help the suffering family.

“I am happy to help Ganesh since he is unable to walk or work in order to take care of his young family,” Ragoonanan said, adding that he hopes that more people can come forward and assist the Ganesh family.

Having been shot twice in the chest by bandits in 2012, Ganesh is now paralysed from his neck down. Ganesh lives with his wife Karen, 35, and his daughter Emily, 11, at Cashew Gardens, Longdenville, Chaguanas.

At the beginning of September Ganesh was given an eviction notice by the HDC to vacate the unit if he did not pay a monthly rental of $800.

“I have a disability grant of $1,800 in which I must pay utility bills and maintain my wife Karen and daughter Emily,” Ganesh said. Apart from having to pay for groceries and utilities, his disability cheque must also cover the cost for his medication.

Ganesh was handed keys to the house by the HDC in April 2015 under the People’s Partnership.

Today he is unable to make payments because of his condition. He is pleading with Minister of Housing, Randall Mitchell to look into his matter and allow him tenure on grounds of him suffering a disability through no fault of his.

He noted that he is a victim of crime and as a result he is paralysed. “Now my family is fighting to survive on what little government assistance we get,” he said.

In 2012, Ganesh was at his home in St Helena when bandits entered. He was shot twice.

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