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Man who survives on Rs 70 per month salary


Swati Vashishtha,CNN-IBN
May 31, 2009 at 09:30pm IST

Jaipur: While many complain of a bad raise in these times of recession, there is someone who has spent 27 years of his life earning only Rs 70 per month.

Kailash Chandra who is a peon in a Rajasthan school can now finally see some light at the end of a really long tunnel.

It is hard to believe but this grade four employee's salary has remained unchanged at Rs 70 per month ever since he joined a government school in Jamwa Ramgarh near Jaipur. But now the Rajasthan High court has asked the Director of Elementary Education to explain how someone can sustain himself on this paltry sum.

“The honorable court has expressed concerns about the how a person can live and look after his family in Rs two per day. This is unfair considering the seriousness of the matter the court has summoned the Director Education in person,” says Rajasthan High Court lawyer, Ameen Ali.

Kailash joined work in 1982. But after his services were illegally terminated in 1991, he moved the labour court. While he was reinstated four years later, his salary was never revised.

A report by the Central Statistical Organisation estimates the average monthly income of an Indian has for the first time crossed Rs 3000 a month in 2008-2009.

A grade four employee elsewhere in the state, draws around Rs 10000 per month.

An amount Kailash prays he too will get with arrears!

“I have left it to God, and I'm holding on to doing this job hoping that someday he'll listen to me and give me justice,” says Kailash.

For the moment Kailash sustains his family through the efforts of his younger son, who earns a decent wage under the NREGA scheme.

Kailash is due to retire in a few years. He hopes that fortune smiles on him and at least his retired life would be a lesser struggle.

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