A man in Himachal Pradesh sold his cow, his only source of income, to buy a smartphone so that his two children could attend their online classes.
Kuldip Kumar of Jwalamukhi in Kangra district said after the schools closed in March, his children studying in Class 4 and Class 2 were finding it difficult to continue their studies in the absence of a smartphone.
This was because after the lockdown was imposed due to coronavirus, schools had moved online, The Tribune reported. And he was under tremendous pressure to buy a smartphone so that his children could attend online classes.
Kuldip was quoted as saying by the news portal that he was told by teachers that if he wanted his children to continue their studies, he needed a smartphone.
Kuldip Kumar said he approached banks and money lenders for a loan Rs 6,000, but no one helped due to his poor financial condition.
In the end, he was forced to sell his cow, also his only source of income, for Rs 6,000, the report added. With this Rs 6,000, he bought a smartphone for his children.
Kuldip, his wife and his two children live a mud hut in Jwalamukhi. He says he does not even have a BPL card.
Kuldip told that he approached panchayat many a times for financial assistance, but nothing was ever done.
Meanwhile, Jwalamukhi MLA Ramesh Dhawala told that he had directed the BDO and the SDM to provide financial help to Kuldip Kumar immediately.
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