23 February 2006

Kinkri Devi gets help from USA

Kinkri Devi gets help from USA Vishal Gulati Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, February 23 Following the publication of a report on the plight of Kinkri Devi, who waged a long-drawn battle against the limestone quarrying mafia in a remote village of Himachal Pradesh, help has started pouring in for her.

A US-based organisation has announced to help her after The Tribune carried the report, “Fight, a byword for Kinkri Devi”, on February 23.

The organisation, My Himachal Group, in an e-mail to the newspaper, said it was moving to read about Kinkri Devi.

Dr Bhugol Chandel, president of the group, said: “It is surprising how a person of her status can be in such a pathetic condition?”

The group, a non-profitable organisation of professionals in India and abroad from Himachal Pradesh, has come forward to help the crusader by giving support of Rs 30,000 through the Chief Minister's fund.

“More help in cash and kind will be provided to support and rehabilitate her in the future,” said Mr Avnish Katoch, secretary of the group.

This year, the organisation has established and announced the “Himachal Rattan” scholarship for science student, who tops in Class XII examination of the Himachal School Education Board.

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