Malkangiri: 16-yr-old Snehalata hailing from the far flung Malkangiri district has a twinkle in her eyes when she talks about her aim in life. With an electrician father and labourer mother, she cleared her Class 10 exams with flying colours and wants to be IAS officer.
Rabindranath Murmu is a small-time electrician living in Malkangiri MV-3 with his wife Sumitra and four daughters. To make ends meet, Sumitra also toils as a daily wage labourer. And the whole responsibility of the house and the young ones is on the shoulders of the eldest sibling Snehalata. Beating all odds, she has managed to secure a first class in Class 10, and aspires to study in a good college to prepare for the IAS exams.
Elucidating their condition, Snehalata’s uncle Pritam Saran said, “We are very poor people struggling to meet daily needs. We could only send our children to government schools and Sneha has made us proud by studying well. We pray our daughter gets all the support to study further and achieve her dream of becoming an IAS officer.
The principal of Jagannath Palli High School in MV-7, and the teachers are also very proud of their student Sneha who has beaten all obstacles to excel academically.
Sneha not only studies, but also tutors her three younger siblings, and help her mother in the household chores. But these daily chores do not diminish her unfazed grit and determination. She wants to change the condition of her family fist and it can be clearly seen in her eyes..
“My parents and my teachers have supported me, and I am very grateful. If I get proper support and financial help from the government, I would definitely double my efforts to become an IAS officer,” said the enthusiastic girl.
Ever heard of Paulo Coelho’s famous words in The Alchemist, “When you want something, the whole universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.”