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11-yr-old running library for kids at slum; MP CM offers Rs 2 lakh to help

A class 5 student from a slum in Bhopal has been encouraging other kids to study and is also running a library from her make-shift house. Named, Muskan Ahirwar, this kid started a small library, ‘Bal Pustakalaya’ with 25 books in Durga Nagar, a slum located barely 1km away from the state secretariat in Bhopal.

Now, the 11-year-old girl’s effort was recognized by Madhya Pradesh chief minister, Shivraj Singh Chouhan. The CM has offered her a financial support of Rs 2 lakh to set up a proper library. Chouhan met the girl at his residence and handed her a cheque.

“The situation would soon change if girls like Muskan are extended support by the whole society. The government will extend all possible support,” Chouhan said while handing over the cheque.

Muskan started the library with merely 25 books. It has “now accommodates around 1,000 books.”

At one point of time, the girl lost hope of continuing the library after demise of her father, Manohar Ahirwar. But, after receiving support from the chief minister, the girl said now nothing can stop her and the other slum children from moving ahead.

Muskan wants to be a doctor. She said, “Papa used to say do something big, study hard.”

Muskan’s library remains open between 5 pm and 7 pm daily. “Nearly 20 to 25 children come to the library (every day). They have to sit on a mat. A few children take the books to their homes and return it later. In a bid to know if they read the books, I sometimes ask questions from it,” she said.

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