After leaving Bombay, Premchand wanted to settle in Allahabad, where his sons Sripat Rai and Amrit Rai were studying. He also planned to publish Hans from there. However, owing to his financial situation and ill health, he had to hand over Hans to the Indian Literary Counsel and move to Benares.Premchand was elected as the first President of the Progressive Writers Association in Lucknow, in 1936. He died on 8 October 1936, after several days of sickness. In 1936, Premchand also published Kafan (Shroud), in which a poor man collects money for the funeral rites of his dead wife, but spends it on food and drink. Premchands last published story was Cricket Match, which appeared in Zamana in 1938 , after his death.