Agartala: The state Cabinet on Wednesday decided to offer a government job to the man who saved hundreds of lives by standing in front of a speeding train and waving his shirt in an effort to stop it.
Swapan Debbarma, 45, would be recruited as a Group-D employee in the department of youth affairs and sports. While announcing this, state education minister Ratna Lal Nath said the Cabinet has also decided to bear the expenses of his daughter, Somati Debbarma, who was present along with Swapan on the railway tracks when he tried to stop the train on June 15.
Although the minimum qualification required for a Group-D employee is Class VIII pass, Swapan was offered the job as a mark of his bravery and courage. Swapan has reportedly studied only till Class III.
On June 15, Swapan and his daughter stood on the railway tracks to stop the speeding train from falling into a gorge. Seeing both of them standing and waving the shirt, the engine driver suspected that something was wrong and eventually stopped the train at Dancherra in the Dhalai district of Tripura, located at a distrance of 83 km from the capital city of Agartala.
Swapan and his daughter were later invited into the Assembly session, where both the ruling and opposition parties unanimously supported the recommendation of his name for President’s Award.
Swapan lives with his six family members in the hilly village in Dancherra beside the railway tracks. His only source of income comes from selling firewood and bamboo shoot in the local market.