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IAF employee provides financial help to students

india Updated: Jan 27, 2010 17:05 IST

Acting as a good Samaritan, an Indian Air Force employee has been giving financial support to meritorious students of Orissa's Kendrapara district from his own pocket.

The 26-year-old Badal Kumar Singh posted at the Bhopal-based Tactical Air Centre provides Rs 100 a month to deserving students of eighth standard.

"I faced financial hurdles during studies. My parents were from a lower middle class background. I was lucky to get a job," Singh said.

"Poverty sometimes comes in the way of many meritorious students. That's why I resolved to take up the cause of poor
students," he said.

He said after securing employment in 2004 he founded the Prativa Samman Trust a year later to help poor students.

"I diverted savings from my salary to the trust. I used the interest accrued from it for giving scholarships," Singh
said.

This year he plans to give ten more deserving boys and girls financial help and the beneficiaries would receive the
money till the matriculation examination.

Every year, the trust organises a talent search examination among eighth standard students from his native and
neighbouring villages.

"Financial help is given on the basis of performance in the examination," he added.