Only succour for Master’s degree holder is sand mining

Gokarna Dayal

baluwaBaitadi, July 31: A master’s degree holder has been compelled to spend his days struggling with the tides of the Jamadi River to address the pains of being unemployed. 

Hari Singh Karki from Panjyunaya of Dhogadakedar Rural Municipality collects sand from the river to eke out livelihood for his family as he could not find any job even after completing master’s degree from the Tribhuvan University.
Karki has had an M. Ed. Degree from the Faculty of Education of Tribhuvan University.
“I started collecting sand from this river as I could not find any job even after completing my education,” said woeful Karki.
He said that he had involved in teaching education and psychology in Gokuleshor Multiple Campus for the period of two years, but could not continue his profession as he did not get remuneration from the college.
“After leaving the teaching job of Gokuleshwor Campus, I made preparation and appeared in exam of the Teachers Service Commission for school level teacher but could not pass it,” Karki said.
He said that he could not even get loan to start business by depositing his educational certificates at the bank due to his age factor. Karki is now 42 years old.
“The land available for farming could not meet the need of the family even for a month. After being frustrated from all side, I have currently engage in collecting sand to resolve the hand to mouth problem of the family,” he said. Karki has two daughters and a son with his spouse.
At the meantime, Karki’s wife Parbati Karki has also lost her job in a primary school. She used to teach in a school as a temporary teacher and was forced to leave the job after the government recruited permanent teacher in her place.
Describing his tragic story, Karki, piling sands in the bank of Jamadi River, said that the river was the last option remained to him for to maintain livelihood of his family.
“The river carries sands with it, I spend my sweats and blood in the river to collect sand which I sell for buying goods and paying for the education of my children,” Karki said.
He said that collection of sand from the river in the rainy season was very difficult as the river mostly carries mud instead of sand.
Karki earns around Rs. 500 per day by selling sand collected from the river. “It takes me four days to collect one trolley of sand which earns him Rs. 2,000,” he said.
After getting information about Karki, Chakra Karki, chairman of Dhagadakedar Rural Municipality, said that the Rural Municipality was ready to provide a support of Rs. 100,000 to Karki if he wanted to start any business.
He said that the municipality could also support up to Rs. 500,000 if Karki would involve in groups for goat farming and agriculture.
He said that the Rural Municipality supported 40 peoples of the village in income generating works last fiscal year. 

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