The recovery team of the electricity department in Dhar district found themselves in a piquant situation on Tuesday when a farmer paid Rs 3,450 power dues in coins. The officials reportedly took around four hours to count the money, all in the denomination of Re 1, Rs 2 or less.
Rev Singh, a resident of the tribal Kankariya village, dug out five earthen pots full of coins when a four-member team from the electricity department knocked his door to recover the dues.
Rajendra Yadav, who was a part of the recovery team, said: “As soon as the team knocked on Rev Singh’s door and ask him to repay the electricity bill, he dug out five earthen pots filled with coins and put it before us…The farmer asked us (team members) to take whatever his due was and leave remaining behind.”
The team took nearly four hours to count the money. “Even after repaying the electricity bill, nearly three-and-a-half filled pots remained with the farmer,” Yadav said.
Rev Singh told reporters that he was collecting coins for 20 years, since his son’s birth. He wanted to weigh his daughter-in-law with these coins, whenever she came home. However, when his son left home to marry a girl of his choice a few years ago, an upset Rev Singh stopped collecting coins.
He decided to pay off the electricity bill from the pot as he had no money on him.
According to sources, after repaying the electricity dues, Revsingh went to market and exchanged the coins with bigger denomination currency notes.