Students served lunch at Tk 5 in Rajshahi
Published : Saturday, 18 May, 2019 at 12:00 AM Count : 53
RAJSHAHI, May 17: Students are served lunch at Tk 5 in Bagha Upazila of the district.
Biplob Sarker, owner of the 'Onnopurna Hotel and Restaurant' at Taltola of Arani Municipality Bazaar in the upazilal, has been serving the food to the students for three years.
It is learnt that his father Shyamol Sarker had set up the restaurant in 1971 at Arani Bazaar. Shyamol Sarker named the hotel 'Onnopurna Hotel and Restaurant'.
Shyamol's son Biplob Sarker has been serving the food to the students for three years.
At first, Biplob served the food without informing his father. His father used to scold him when he knew the matter.
Biplob sits at the restaurant at noon when his father goes home. During the tiffin time, students of Arani Government Monomohini High School and Arani Government Primary School have lunch at the hotel.
Rice, lentil and roast are sold at Tk 5. Fish and meat are served once a week. The students on uniform get the food only at Tk 5.
When asked about this, Biplob Sarker said students used to come to his hotel during the tiffin time for eating singara. He thought that they might fall ill due to eating oily food. He then thought of serving them lunch at Tk 5. Students got surprised at the offer.
He further said about 60 to 80 students eat rice at Tk 5 every day.
Biplob added that he could not continue his study after class nine due to financial crisis. He started helping his father at the hotel to reduce crisis in the family.
He then said that his father is old now. He helps his father. He feels good to serve the students food at a low cost.
Besides the restaurant, Biplob has shop of mattress and blanket.
Shyamol Sarkar, father of Biplob Sarker, said at this initiative of his son, he used to scold him. Now, he left his son with the responsibility of the hotel. He is doing well in the business now.
Head Teacher of Arani Government Monomohini High School Sanjay Kumar Das said Biplob has been serving the lunch at Tk 5 for quite a long time. His initiative is helping the poor students a lot.
Former mayor of Arani Municipality Nazrul Islam Master said they go to eat lunch at his hotel sometimes. The school students rush at the hotel for lunch.
He said that after a few days, he got to know that they are being served lunch at Tk 5.
He expressed his gratitude to Biplob Sarkar for his this initiative.