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Punjab: 100-year-old cart puller gets Rs 5 lakh govt aid | Amritsar News


BATHINDA: The courage and resolve of 100-year-old Harbans Singh of Moga, pulling cartload of onions and potatoes to ensure his orphaned grandchildren get education, was well recognised when Punjab government came to the rescue of the aggrieved family.
Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Saturday announced financial assistance of Rs 5 lakh for Harbans Singh and for the education of his grandchildren. TOI on Friday had highlighted the plight of the centenarian,, who had migrated from present-day Pakistan during Partition in 1947.

Putting behind old age, Harbans Singh has been selling vegetables for the last four decades in Moga town of Punjab. His son had died nearly two years ago and his daughter-in-law had deserted her kids. Under such circumstances, Harbans Singh was taking care of the children. Though he has another living son, who though share house with him, has put a partition and both are said to be not much aligned to each other.
Knowing about the financial assistance by the state government, Harbans Singh was pleased for the gesture. Speaking to TOI from his estranged son Manga Singh’s phone, he said, “With this my grandchildren can get better living and education.” Manga Singh, too, is pleased.
Immediately after the plight was highlighted in TOI on Friday, officials from Moga district administration approached Harbans Singh to know about his miseries. He was taken to the deputy commissioner’s office where DC Sandeep Hans felicitated him. The DC office provided details sought by the chief minister’s office. Hans said, Wwhen I met Harbans Singh, I saw he has was a contented man with no demand and was only concerned about the education of grandchildren.”
Amarinder Singh on Saturday tweeted, “Hats off to the grit of centenarian, who has been earning livelihood for him and orphaned grandchildren by selling vegetables. Have sanctioned Rs 5 lakh as immediate financial assistance for him and for the education of his grandchildren.”





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