Tired of waiting for the government to arrange a job for her, Everester Binita Soren has gone back to doing what she does best — annexe peaks.
The 25-year-old, who scaled the Mt Everest summit on May 26 along with Rajendra Singh Pal (53) and Meghlal Mahto (30), has formally joined Tata Steel Adventure Foundation (TSAF) as an instructor on contract.
TSAF secretary P.P. Kapadia confirmed that Binita had joined as an instructor recently and was currently in the Himalayas for the winter outdoor leadership course. “Madame (Bachendri Pal) has prepared her as an instructor. The job suits her. We may also consider Meghlal if he approaches us,” he told The Telegraph.
Binita, who hails from Kesosora village in Seraikela-Kharsawan district, had been associated with TSAF for the past two years, picking lessons on mountaineering under ace climber Bachendri.
Meghlal (30), who also ran from pillar to post for a government job without any success, may follow suit.
“I am not young. So I need to find a suitable job. I may opt for TSAF even if the job is not permanent. Hum to duniya ki sabse badi choti ko fateh kar aaye par lagta hain Jharkhand ke log hamen bhool gaye hain (We annexed the world’s highest peak, but it seems that the people of Jharkhand have forgotten us),” he said.
Like Binita, Meghlal, a postgraduate in economics who earns a living as an insurance agent, has also trained as an instructor.
The duo — Binita is an economics graduate — had been in the employment queue ever since they aced the world’s tallest peak. They had met many a political leader, including deputy chief minister Sudesh Mahto, and sports outfit in Singhbhum and Seraikela-Kharsawan seeking jobs, but in vain. Finally, they visited chief minister Arjun Munda at his Ranchi residence with mentor Bachendri Pal.
“After meeting the chief minister, I was quite sure about getting absorbed in the government. But now that hope is fading out. My job as an insurance agent is also not leading me anywhere. I lost most of my policy holders because of my hectic preparation for the Everest expedition,” Meghlal said over phone from his village in Paharpur in Seraikela-Kharsawan.