Ayodhya (UP): An octogenarian man Mohammad Sharif from Faizabad district in Uttar Pradesh’s Ayodhya who is fondly known as ‘Sharif Chacha’ is currently bedridden and awaiting treatment. Sharif, who is known for cremating thousands of unclaimed bodies and was conferred with Padma Shri by the government last year on Republic Day.Also Read - Pakistan Super League 2022 LIVE Streaming: Squads, Schedule, Timings And All You Need to Know

However, his family is going through a financial crisis and they were still hoping for some pension to Sharif against his award so that they could afford his treatment. Also Read - RRP-NTPC Exam Row: Patna's 'Khan Sir' Accused of Inciting Violence Absconding, Switches Off Phone

Speaking to news agency ANI, ill and bed-ridden Mohammed Sharif said: “I heard the news about it on TV but have not received the award so far. I fell ill nearly two months ago.” Also Read - Viral Video: Groom Takes JCB Ride to Reach Wedding Venue Amid Heavy Snowfall In Shimla | Watch

His family members said that he had performed the last rites of many unclaimed dead bodies irrespective of their religion for 27 years.

A family member of the Padma Shri awardee said, “He got bed-ridden because of his deteriorating health condition. The financial situation of the family is not good. We have a large family living in a rented house for almost 70 years. He is yet to receive the medallion and citation of the award. He is taken care of by his sons and grandchildren.”

“We are not getting any kind of financial help,” the family said.

Commenting on Sharif’s condition, BJP MP Lallu Singh, who had recommended his name for the award, has assured of all necessary help in the matter.

Last year, Sharif had received an invitation for ‘bhoomi pujan’ of Ram Temple in Ayodhya. However, the 80-year-old did not attend the event due to his poor health.

(With ANI inputs)