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COVID-19 Good Samaritans: Money Can't Buy Goodwill, Why This Garment Shop Owner Has A Heart Of Gold

Imtiaz Khalifa from western Odisha has waived off the rent of his five tenants, all daily wage earners, due to the lockdown. He didn't wait for CM Naveen Patnaik's appeal

COVID-19 Good Samaritans: Money Can't Buy Goodwill, Why This Garment Shop Owner Has A Heart Of Gold
COVID-19 Good Samaritans: Money Can't Buy Goodwill, Why This Garment Shop Owner Has A Heart Of Gold
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2020-04-25T13:48:26+05:30

Imtiaz Khalifa is surprised and amused at the attention he is receiving of late. “I wondered why total strangers are calling me up and complimenting me. I cannot understand what is so great about what I have done. Anyone in my place would perhaps have done the same,” he tells Outlook. That’s the creed of self-effacing people who help; it comes so naturally to them. Imtiaz, a garment shop owner in Rajgangpur, a town in western Odisha, has waived the rent of his five tenants till the lockdown lasts. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, who has appealed to landlords to be considerate to their tenants, was so impressed that he tweeted a story on it published in an English daily while complimenting him for his generosity.

Imtiaz, of course, didn’t have to wait for the CM’s appeal. “I decided to waive the rent as soon as the PM announced a 21-day lockdown. My whole family was fully behind my decision,” he tells Outlook. What now, since the Odisha government has extended the lockdown till April 30, or the possibility of it being extended further? “I have announced that I will not take rent till as long as the lockdown lasts, whether it is another month, three months or even six months. My tenants are all poor people who eke out a livelihood. How will they pay rent when they have lost their income?”

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