Hyderabad, May 24 : All India Bank Employees Association (AIBEA) have contacted family of a 15-year-old Jyothi Kumari who brought her father, a migrant worker, on a bicycle from Gurgaon to Sirhulli village in Darbhanga in Bihar by riding 1200 kms due to Coronavirus lockdown and offered to bear the entire education expenses of the five children in their family.
AIBEA General Secretary Ch Venkatachalam said this on Sunday taking to micro-blogging site twitter. Mr Venkatachalam said as per media reports, the migrant worker Mohan Paswan migrated to Gurgaon and was working as a driver. Recently he met with an accident and hence could not continue his work as a driver. To help him, his 16-year-old daughter Jyothi Kumari went to Gurgaon in March to be of help to him. Unfortunately, due to lockdown, they were in trouble. Mohan’s landlord pressured him to vacate. Mohan had to discontinue his medicines so that both father and daughter could eat atleast once a day. Mohan’s wife, an Anganwadi worker in the village, sent Rs. 15,000 by pledging some jewels. His daughter Jyothi Kumari purchased a cycle with that money and decided to carry his physically handicapped father by cycle. He said their village is 1200 km away.
Mohan tried to dissuade Jyothi Kumari but their suffering made her stick to her way. Hence, she started her journey from Gurgaon by bicycle with her father on the pillion. On the way she got food from some donors in some places. Some days, they did not take any food as it was not available. Somehow, after 8-10 days, Jyothi Kumari could reach her village along with his father. Their family is very poor and Jyothi Kumari has 2 younger brothers and 2 younger sisters. We can imagine their economic condition, the AIBEA General Secretary said, adding as discussed amongst Office bearers of AIBEA, it has been decided that AIBEA can undertake the cost of education of all these 5 children till they are fully educated or can extend any other financial help that the family would like. He asked Mr Anirudh Kumar, General Secretary, Bihar Provincial Bank Employees Association in a letter to contact them and get back so that it can finalise accordingly. (UNI)