Chandrayaan-3 Technician Sells Idlis After No Salary for 18 Months: The Chandrayaan-3 mission, which made history by being the first spacecraft to successfully land on the South Pole of the moon, received praise from all around the world for its outstanding success. However, not all of the tales that contributed to India’s lunar mission accomplishment had happy endings, and Deepak Kumar Uprariya’s tale is one of those. Deepak Kumar Uprariya is a technician who worked on the construction of the Chandryaan-3 launchpad for HEC (Heavy Engineering Corporation Limited). According to a BBC article cited by the news outlet NDTV, Deepak is still serving idlis in Ranchi despite the historic success of the lunar mission.
Chandrayaan-3 Technician Sells Idlis
Deepak Kumar Uprariya had to start selling idlis to make ends meet since HEC, a Central Public Sector Undertaking, failed to pay his salary for 18 months. HEC manufactured the folding platform and sliding door for the Chandrayaan-3 spacecraft. 2,800 HEC employees who have not received their pay for the past 18 months are mentioned in the report. They even staged a protest against the government over their pay, but nothing was done, forcing workers like Deepak to look for alternative sources of money.
According to the BBC, Deepak Kumar Uprariya continues to work for HEC in the hopes of receiving a wage and sells idlis both before and after work. “At first, I used a credit card to manage my home. I received a 2 lakh rupee loan. I received a defaulter’s notice. After that, I began managing the household by borrowing money from family members and relatives,” according to Deepak Kumar Uprariya.
Selling Idlies to Meet Ends
“I have so far borrowed four lakh rupees. People are no longer lending to me since I haven’t paid anyone back. Then I managed the house for a few days while mortgaging my wife’s jewelry,” he said. Idlis had to be sold by Deepak in order for his family to survive. My wife is a skilled idli maker. I sell them for 300 to 400 rupees each day. I gain between 50 and 100 rupees. I’m using this money to manage my home, he told the BBC. Chandrayaan-3 Technician Sells Idlis After No Salary for 18 Months
In Ranchi’s Dhurwa neighborhood, Uprariya has a storefront just across from the Old Legislative Assembly. Uprariya claimed that in order to make ends meet, he has started selling idlis. He works in the office in the afternoon after selling idlis in the morning. Before returning home in the evening, he sells idlis once more.