Do not know how many such talents are there in the country who wins in the playground but the system defeats them. One such case has come from Ranchi, Jharkhand. Due to poverty, a 26-year-old national karate medalist Bimla Munda has been forced to sell rice beer to make ends meet. Also Read: South Asian Kho Kho Champion, Is Still Struggling For a Government Job
Bimla won a silver medal at the 34th National Games in 2011 in Jharkhand and also won a gold medal in the 2012 Kudo International Championship organized by film actor Akshay Kumar. She had brought several laurels for Jharkhand. She is currently waiting for a government job for which she has been elected. Also Read: ‘Chutia not slang, but it’s a community where I belong,” Assam Woman’s Online Job Application Rejected Due to Surname
Bimla has a family of six members, including four siblings. Her father is a farmer by profession who used to work as a daily laborer for their living. She has lived in Patragonda village of Kanker block, Ranchi with her maternal grandfather since childhood. Her parents live in Sagrampur village. In February this year, she had started coaching classes to train budding karate players for her livelihood. But due to the coronavirus-induced lockdown in March, she had to shut it down. Also Read: Corona Warrior: Meet Vidhya Shekhle, fired from the job and now helping women and elderly reunite them with families
Speaking to press in her village, she says, “Due to the lockdown, I had to shut the coaching after a month. So I have no option but to sell Hadiya for livelihood.”
“I have been living with my grandfather since childhood. My grandfather retired before 2000. Jharkhand was not separated from Bihar then. He gets a pension of around Rs 6,000 every month but most of his pension amount goes into his medicine,” Bimla added.
“I sell 70 to 80 glasses of Hadiya every day at my home in the village. The cost of one glass is Rs 4. Most of my income is spent in buying household needs.” she further said. Also Read: Indian Para-Badminton Star, Manasi Joshi, gets Barbie Doll modelled to her likeness
Bimala also claimed that she is one of the 33 players who have been selected for Jharkhand’s government job scheme for sportspersons but she hasn’t received any appointment letter so far.
According to Bimala, “I applied for the direct job scheme in 2019. The papers were also verified in February. We were told that we would get the appointment letter by March. But, we are still waiting for our appointment letter.” When sports secretary Pooja Sehgal was contacted by Sanjoy Dey of Hindustan Times Ranchi, she said, “Appointment letter will be given to them within a month.”
Meanwhile, Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren took note of the news of Bimla and asked the Ranchi Deputy Commission to look into the issue.
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