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15-year-old selling tea in Hyderabad is now in school, thanks to State IT Minister's response to tweet

Think Change India
16th Jan 2018
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Sami, a 15-year-old boy from Hyderabad, had to resort to selling tea to help his family make ends meet, owing to their poor financial condition. A user on Twitter, when he saw the boy on Banjara Hills road number 10 near a shopping mall, tweeted to Kalvakuntla Taraka Rama Rao who is the Minister for Information Technology (IT), Municipal Administration and Urban Development (MAUD), Textiles and NRI Affairs in the Telangana State government cabinet.

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While he tagged several government offices and officials, the minister's office replied to the tweet asking Sami's contact details. The office immediately got in touch with Sami's father Aziz and found out everything about the boy's predicament. In a chat with The News Minute, Aziz said that he received a call from the minister's office the very same day. Sami's mother Farheen said that they are very grateful for they were not asked a single penny for their son's education. Aziz said,

"He is a very bright student and we did not want this for him. We are completely broke and we are touched by the minister’s gesture. We will ensure that Sami stays in school if we just get a little help in getting him admission."

In response to the tweet, Minister KT Rama Rao said,

"Sushil, glad to share that this boy Sami was admitted in 7th class in TS Minority Residential School at Asif Nagar, Hyderabad on 01-01-2018."

According to a Times of India report, within 14 days of the minister giving an assurance, on January 1, 2018, Sami was admitted to a residential school at Asifnagar, run by the Telangana Minorities Residential Educational Institutions Society.

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