Updated: January 4, 2015 9:16:35 am
It was a year ago, in January 2014, that Manjeet Sen, a resident of UP’s Bulandshahr district, wrote a letter to the Prime Minister’s Office seeking monetary help for marriage of his two younger sisters. Stating that his financial condition was not good, Manjeet, a postgraduate, had sent a list of expenses planned for the two marriages for which he required Rs 3.64 lakh.
While the request was sent during the tenure of the then PM Manmohan Singh, it is the office of the present PM Narendra Modi that responded to it last month. The Bulandshahr DM received a letter from the PMO through the state government seeking details about Manjeet’s financial condition and his family background.
On Saturday, a team of district administration visited Manjeet’s home at Jatpura village and collected the details. Sub-divisional magistrate, Anoopshahr, A K Yadav said they are preparing a report on Manjeet’s family background and his financial condition on 12 points. The report would be sent to the PMO through state government, he added.
Manjeet (25) is a teacher at a private school in nearby Khadana village. His father Sukhpal Singh was employed with a private firm in Noida and left the job recently because of his poor health. His mother Satyavati Devi is a homemaker. Of his three sisters Mohini (22) and Tanu (21) have studied upto class VIII while Pushpa (16) is a student of Class XI.
Manjeet said he had no option left but to seek help from the PM because of the poor financial condition of his family.
“I requested him either to arrange a job for me or provide financial help so that I could get my sisters married,” said Manjeet who has around over one bigha farming land.
He got the details of the PMO through Internet and sent the letter by post.
“To clarify that I was not seeking money for something else, I attached a list of expenses to be incurred in the two marriages including their dowry. The total cost mentioned in the list was Rs 3.64 lakh,” said Manjeet.
Manjeet gets a salary of Rs 2,200 from the private school and earns some more money by taking tuitions at his houses. “With that money I could arrange food for my family. If help is provided, we will start looking for grooms for my sisters,” he added.
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