Bihar's 'cycle girl' interacts with PM Modi
Cycle girl Jyoti Kumari, who had pedaled all the way from Gurugram to Bihar with her father seated on the carrier during the lockdown, found herself in the limelight again on Monday when she interacted with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. She interacted with PM Modi virtually as a recipient of the prestigious Pradhanmantri Bal Puraskar.
Jyoti was among 32 children to interact with PM Modi
Jyoti was among 32 children from across India who reached their respective National Informatics Centre offices and interacted with PM Modi via video conferencing. Her father, a former autorickshaw rickshaw driver who was left out of work following a debilitating accident, mother and local administration officials were also present with her. PM Modi lauded the children for their courage and determination.
It is a matter of pride for Darbhanga: District Magistrate
"It is a matter of pride for Darbhanga that Jyoti, who has already been made the brand ambassador by the State Government for its drive against drugs, has been conferred with yet another honor," Darbhanga District Magistrate SM Thyagarajan said on the occasion.
Jyoti was by her father's side after his accident
Jyoti and her mother had gone to Gurugram upon learning about her father's accident. Her mother, an Anganwadi worker, returned to tend to her job and other children while Jyoti stayed back with her father. Following the lockdown, the landlord began to pressurize her father to pay the rent outstanding since the period the mishap left him out of work, or vacate the premises.
Jyoti persuaded her father to purchase a second-hand cycle
The girl suggested that they return home and when the father expressed his skepticism given the fact that Darbhanga was 1200 kilometers away and no mode of public transport was available, she persuaded him to borrow some money and purchase a second-hand cycle.
Jyoti completed the 1200 kilometer journey in eight days
To recall her experience after reaching home, the girl had then informed that she completed the 1200-kilometer-long journey in eight days, cycling 50 to 60 kilometers every day. A part of the distance was covered by hitching rides on trucks etc. as drivers seemed to be moved by the girl's grit in the face of adversity.