Jaipur: Age is just a number for 59-year-old BJP MLA Phool Singh Meena who has enrolled himself in a graduation course as he had to drop out from school his father’s death.
BJP MLA from Udaipur rural, Meena, is a father of four daughters, who encouraged him to study again.
“After death of my father, I had to drop school and take up farming to take care of my family,” Meena said.
During a campaign to educate young tribal girls in the area, the MLA said he felt the need to get educated and was encouraged by her daughters to get back to school.
He filled the examination form from an open board for class 10 in 2013, but could not take the test due to his busy schedule as an MLA. But he appeared for exams in 2016 and cleared it. Then in 2016-2017, he passed class 12.
Meena said he was inspired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Beti Bachao Beti Padao campaign and encouraged ST and SC girls in his constituency to enrol themselves in schools.
He announced free plane ride to Jaipur for girls scoring more than 80 per cent in secondary and higher secondary exams.
He said: “Two students were provided free plane rides to Jaipur in 2016 and six in 2017. They were felicitated by the chief minister and her cabinet colleagues and also given a tour of the state Legislative Assembly.”