Two years after Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal promised him artificial limbs and financial support for pursuing his studies, Sukhbir Singh, who lost his both arms at the age of 11, is now ready to go to a college.
He passed his 10+2 from a government school with good marks but the chief minister failed to deliver his promise as Sukhbir got nothing but an English toilet seat installed at his home by the district administration.
The Hindustan Times had first highlighted the story of the brave-heart in 2012, after which chief minister Parkash Singh Badal had himself wanted to meet Sukhbir Singh of Urrang village in Muktsar district.
The Hindustan Times had also honoured him with Young Achiever’s Award 2012 for passing Class-10 exam with good marks, despite the fact that he had lost his both arms when he was studying in Standard 5 due to the negligence of the powercom.
Sukhbir had touched some live wires lying along the road and as a result lost his arms. He was 11 at that time.
Born in a poor Dalit family, whose father is a labourer, Sukhbir Singh had lost his two arms due to the negligence of the powercom officials when he was coming back home from school.
His only meeting with the CM on July 1, 2012 also made the powercom to pay him Rs 4 lakh as compensation. Earlier, the powercom was not ready to pay the amount.
At the same time, the chief minister had promised Sukhbir free education, an English toilet seat and artificial limbs to make his life comfortable.
He said, “Punjab chief minister had promised me that I will be provided with best of the limbs that can make me independent.”
“However, the district administration offered me to get lowquality limbs which I refused. I reminded officials that the chief minister had promised that he would spend any money to get me high-quality limbs,” he added.
“Then I stopped making rounds of government offices and decided to concentrate on my studies,” said Sukhbir, going to turn 18 next month.
“I do not know if the chief minister is aware that I am still awaiting the promised limbs. If I get the limbs, I can go to a better college for my further studies. Otherwise, I will have to select a college in the proximity of my village. ”
“10+2 is not too much costly in a government school. But, I hope that the CM will keep his promise to fund my studies in college as my parents will not be able to pay my fee,” said Sukhbir.