Patna: Help is pouring in for Palani Kumari, a poor schoolgirl who was found selling plants on the streets to pay for her education at a local government school in Jharkhand state. The little girl has a dream — she wants to become a nurse to serve humanity.
People from all walks of life — from Jharkhand chief minister Hemant Soren to industrialist Gautam Adani — began offering help to the Grade Seven schoolgirl after a local journalist tweeted about her story.
“Palani Kumari studies in Grade seven and wants to become a nurse to serve humanity. She was only 18-month-old when her father left for heavenly abode. She sells gram plants along the road and her mother at the bus stop so that she could continue her study. Please help her,” the journalist tweeted on February 25. The girl had cleared the Grade six examinations with 75 per cent marks.
Rushing to help
The appeal has worked wonders. Soren was quick to respond asking the deputy commissioner Sushant Gaurav to provide benefits of government welfare schemes to the girl and her family and also make arrangements for her educational facilities.
Adani group chairman Gautam Adani sought the contact details of the girl so that he could rush help. “It will be my privilege to take responsibility for her education. Please provide me her contact details,” Adani tweeted. He added these daughters are the hope of a new and empowered India and it’s everyone’s responsibility to have them better tomorrow. Sadly, the family can’t afford a cell phone.
Palani stays with her widowed mother Kiran Devi in a small rented room. They eke out their living with small income coming from selling vegetables on the village streets and a few hundred rupees her mother gets as widow pension.
The girl sells the goods in two shifts — before going to school in the morning and then returning from the school in the evening. She spares time for her study after dinner but has just no time to play with her friends for obvious reasons.