Thursday, July 16, 2009

PM reaches out to Bhawana Tamang

KATHMANDU, July 13: Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal on Monday gave an audience to needy student Bhawana Tamang who secured distinction in the School Leaving Certificate (SLC) exams this year.
Bhawana, who studied at Samata Shiksha Niketan, Jorpati for free since the second grade, created ripples in the media when she secured 88.75 percent marks, struggling against abject poverty and abuses from her alcoholic father.

“I read [about you in] the newspaper, congratulations!,” PM Nepal said shaking hands with Bhawana at his office. “I have made many phone calls looking for a college and have now called you,” Nepal said disclosing that he called Tamang after making arrangements for her higher studies and stay at a college hostel.

“Her mother helped Bhawana pursue her studies by washing dishes at other people´s houses. Her father was an alcoholic and she has suffered a lot,” PM Nepal said to Ministers Prakash Sharan Mahat, Minendra Rizal and Rabindra Shrestha, who were present and who later also congratulated her.

“You have to work harder and become a doctor. May you cross 90 percent in future,” Nepal wished.

The prime minister also asked Bhawana´s mother Meena about her family during the meeting. “We will inform you shortly what more we can do for your family,” Nepal assured Meena.

Bhawana was overcome with happiness at being called by the prime minister and could utter nothing more than just “I will work a lot after completing my studies.” She also submitted a letter to the prime minister after the 10-minute meeting, saying that her sisters´ studies would become easier if there was any way of finding work for her mother.

“Many Bhawanas like me should get an opportunity to study,” Bhawana Tamang said when asked what else she wrote in the letter.

Published on 2009-07-13 23:29:54
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It is good to read that our primeminister is directly taking initiative to promote the future of Bhawana Tamang. My sincere thanks and congratulation to her. I would like to kindly remind to our primeminister that there are thousands of Bhawana in Nepal whose talents are being faded away because of the adverse economical condition they bear up. Taking the responsibility of one Bhawana is not the end of the problem so I would like to request our primeminister to bring some special package that may assist to blosom out the talents of many others. Once again my sincere thanks to kind Primeminister Madhav KUmar Nepal.
- Chudamani kafle

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