Left with no other choice in the absence of public transport, a 38-year-old man travelled on a bicycle for 105 kilometres, carrying his son to ensure he does not miss his Class 10 boards supplementary exam under the Madhya Pradesh government’s “Ruk Jana Nahin” scheme. Also Read - Madhya Pradesh Class 10 Results: Girl Who Cycled 24 Km Every Day Ranks Eight, Wants to Become an IAS Officer
The man identified as Shobhram who hails from Manawar Tehsil in Dhar district, is himself illiterate, but says that he understands the importance of education and did not want his son to waste one year by missing the supplementary paper.
“I want my son to become something after completing his studies. There is no public transport in lockdown. I don’t have even a motorcycle so I have to cover the journey on a bicycle. I saved money for his form for the exam by doing ‘majdoori’ (daily wage work). I am a farmer but mostly do daily wage work,” Shobhram told ANI.
Shobhram’s son Ashish had to appear for his maths exam on Tuesday so they left their home on Monday afternoon. They spent the night in Mandav and reached the examination centre in Dhar a few minutes before the time. Due to lack of accommodation in Dhar, they also kept three days’ food with them.
“We carried food and other eatables with us for sustaining ourselves in Dhar for two-three days. We started on Monday and after spending a few hours of the night at Manawar town, we reached Dhar on Tuesday morning just before the start of the exam,” he told PTI.
Dhar District Magistrate Alok Singh said that the man could get some help if he had approached any official.
“The administration has made district headquarters as the centre of exams. If the person had approached tehsildar or any other official then he could have got some help. Many vehicles are also plying,” he said.
(With Agency inputs)