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Tea seller who cracked CA exam seriously injured in accident

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New Delhi: Somnath Giram, a tea vendor who cleared the Chartered Accountant (CA) examination and was subsequently appointed brand ambassador of Maharashtra government’s ‘earn and learn’ scheme, has got paralysed from waist down after meeting with an accident in Solapur.

He was rushed to the Sancheti Hospital here. Considering his economically weak background, the government has decided to bear all the medial expenses, the hospital said. “He met with a (road) accident in Solapur on Thursday and received spinal injury. Due to the injury, his lower part of the body has been completely paralyzed,” said managing director of Sancheti Hospital, Dr Parag Sancheti. “He is out of danger and after two days, the decision about operation will be taken,” he added.

The state government informed the hospital that entire medical expenses will be borne by the government, he said, adding that “we too will see what kind of help we can give”. Somnath, who hails from a small village in Solapur district and sold tea at a joint in Sadashiv Peth area here, passed the extremely competitive CA exam earlier this year. Subsequently, education minister Vinod Tawde appointed him the brand ambassador of Maharashtra government’s ‘earn and learn’ scheme.

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