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Distressing Tale! Chandrayaan-3 Launchpad Technician Sells Idlis Before Going To Office

A technician with HEC who helped to build Chandrayaan-3 launcher is now selling Idlis at a roadside stall in Ranchi to make a living.

Edited By : Pranjal Gupta | Updated: Sep 19, 2023 14:47 IST
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Deepak Kumar Uprariya
Deepak Kumar Uprariya

New Delhi: A technician with HEC (Heavy Engineering Corporation Limited) who helped to build Chandrayaan-3 launcher is now selling Idlis at a roadside stall in Ranchi to make a living.

The man named Deepak Kumar Uprariya worked on the construction of ISRO’s Chandrayaan-3 launcher. As reported by BBC, Uprariya opened a stall to sell Idlis to run his house after HEC – the Government Corporation of India (CPSU) that manufactures the folding platform and sliding doors of the Chandrayaan-3 – did not pay him his salary for 18 months.

It should be noted that the employees of HEC Ranchi are protesting against their 18-month salary arrears. According to the BBC, about 2,800 HEC employees said they had not received their salaries for 18 months.

Uprariya is one of them who is facing financial crisis and also having a hefty debt. Speaking to the outlet, Uprariya said he has been selling idlis for the past few days to make a living. He manages his shop and office together.

Manages Shop And Office Together

The technician now sells Idlis in the morning and goes to the office in the afternoon. In the evening, he sells idlis before returning home.

Speaking on his situation, Uprariya told: “Initially I managed the house with a credit card. I borrowed 2 lakh Rupees. I have been declared a defaulter. After that, I started running the house by taking money from relatives.”

“So far, I have borrowed 4 lakh rupees. Because I haven’t returned the money to anyone, people have now stopped lending. After that, I mortgaged my wife’s jewelry and managed the house for a few days,” he added.

Furthermore, the technician said he decided to sell idlis when he felt “famine time” had come. “My wife makes delicious idlis. I earn 300-400 rupees per day by selling them. I made a profit of 50 to 100 rupees. I run my house with this money,” he told the media.

First published on: Sep 19, 2023 02:47 PM IST

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