From the pavements of Shivaji Nagar in Indore Bharti Khandekar and her family will soon move into a flat. After securing 68 percent in her Class 10 exams the Municipal Corporation has provided her with a flat, ANI reported. Till now the family lived on a footpath in Indore. “I thank my parents for encouraging me. We didn’t have a house to live in, we were staying on footpath I aspire to become an IAS officer. I would like to thank the administration for gifting me this house and making my further education free,” she told.

The family used to live in a hut on the front side of the pavement in Shivaji Market, earlier. Their hut was demolished during an encroachment drive. Her father Dashrath Khandekar, who works as a daily wage worker, is very proud of his daughter’s achievement. Bharti, who has two siblings, grew up listening to her father stories about how he never went to school and worked hard to ensure his children get a proper education. “My wife and I are daily wage labourers. In the morning I go to work and my wife works as a sweeper in a school. Bharti manages her younger brothers. Then she studies till 1 o’clock at night, both of them wake up turn by turn to guard Bharti,” said Dasharath Khandekar, NDTV reported.

When asked about her future plans, Bharti said that she wants to become an Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer. She is born in a family of daily wage labourers and was studying in a government school. Indore Municipal commissioner, Pratibha Pal, was astonished upon learning about Bharti’s situation. Pal also made arrangements that she gets further education free of cost.

What You Should Know

  • Bharti Khandekar, daughter of daily wage labourers in Indore, secured 68 percent.
  • She gets a 1 BHK flat from the Municipal corporation in Indore.
  • The family used to live in a hut on the front side of the pavement in Shivaji Market.

Bharti’s family used to live on the footpath, barely earning enough to make a living. “A girl from Indore who was living on footpath secured first division. Commissioner took the cognizance and gifted girl a 1 BHK flat. Commission also made arrangements that the girl gets further education free of cost. Table, chair, books, clothes were also provided to her,” said Prashant Dighe of Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana, Indore.

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‘We were born on the footpath’

Bharti thanked her teachers and mentors for supporting her. She said, “I secured 68 per cent in Class X. The credit of my success goes to my parents who worked hard to send me school. I am happy. I want to become an IAS officer. We were born on the footpath and studied there. We didn’t have a house to live in, we were staying on the footpath. I would like to thank the administration for gifting me this house and making my further education free.”

Her mother, Laxmi, said, “I am happy that my daughter passed the Class X examination and got us a house. Earlier, we were living on the footpath. For us, my daughter is like Goddess Laxmi. My husband and I, both are illiterate. But our children are studying in government schools. I get Rs 2,000 per month. My daughter studied very hard.”

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Feature Image Credit: ANI

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