Selling chanas, papad for livelihood, Class VII lad catches CM’s attention

Impressed by his grit, Capt Amarinder Singh announces a grant of Rs5 lakh

Tribune News Service

Amritsar, September 12

Impressed by the grit of a young boy from Amritsar selling roasted chanas, papad and golgappas to earn his livelihood and to bear the expenses of his education, Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh announced Rs 5 lakh grant for him on Saturday.

Sustaining his family a challenge for him

Manpreet Singh, a Class VII student, lives near the Gate Khazana area. His father used to sell vegetables but due to his ill health, he was not able to continue with the same. He has two elder sisters, while his mother died long ago. He started selling chanas and papad since the beginning of the lockdown period for survival and earning a livelihood.

Manpreet Singh, a Class VII student, lives near the Gate Khazana area. His video of selling golgappa and roasted chana had gone viral in the social media. In the video, several members of the NGOs were seen interacting with him.

During interaction, he said his father used to sell vegetables but due to ill health, he was not able to sell the same. He has two elder sisters while mother had died. He started selling chanas and papad during lockdown period for survival and earning livelihood. The lad was seen refusing the offer from an individual and said he wanted to rely only on his hard-earned money.

The Chief Minister, while answering the query of a resident during the #AskCaptain programme yesterday said he had also seen the video, which captured the spirit of `Punjabiyat’. He agreed with the resident’s suggestion to be helped by the state government and immediately announced Rs 5 lakh grant for him.