In another gloomy shade of lockdown, a poor man was forced to sell his cow for buying a smartphone for online studies of his two children. Amidst the seething criticism over the schools and colleges forcing students into online classes, this incident which came into limelight on Wednesday came as a shock to many.
Into details, Kuldip Kumar of Gummer village, Jwalamukhi recently sold their cow, the only source of income to buy a smartphone worth Rs 6,000 for his children. But the reason behind him selling the cow moved the netizens. His children, Annu and Dippu, studying in Class IV and Class II were asked to attend the online classes conducted by the school with the lockdown in force.
Sharing his story, Kuldeep confronted that he even approached banks for a loan and that private lenders too refused to lend him money to buy a smartphone. He even said that he urged the school authorities to make necessary arrangements as he couldn’t afford even Rs 500 besides his monthly expenditures.
When he failed to get money despite all efforts, he sold his cow for Rs 6,000 and purchased a smartphone for the education of his children. Kuldeep along with his family lives in a mud house and didn’t even hold a poverty line (BPL) card, nor is he a beneficiary of the Integrated Rural Development Programme (IRDP).