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New run for 'marathon kid'

The four-year-old Budhia Singh got his first taste of being a regular boy, writes Himansu S Sahoo.

india Updated: Apr 04, 2006 13:37 IST

Marathon boy Budhia Singh started on a new mission on Monday — school.

The four-year-old got his first taste of being a regular boy when he spent his first day at BJ English Medium school in Bhubaneswar, where he was admitted in the lower KG class.

His admission charges and monthly tuition have been waived off by the school as a token of honour for his achievements and because his family cannot afford it.

School principal JK Mohanty said that if necessary, the school would also provide him with study material.

And walking Budhia to school on his special day was his coach Biranchi Das, who has faced a lot of flak of late for reportedly pushing the boy too hard.

Das has been supporting Budhia and his family for more than a year now but the bad publicity has meant that Budhia and his family are yet to see the monthly stipend of Rs 500 promised by the state government for the boy’s education.

"It's unfortunate that the government has forgotten its responsibilities," Das said.