The Telegraph
Thursday , February 6 , 2014
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Bokaro power girls who never give up
Sonali to join office next week

Just a few days to go, Sonali.

Acid attack survivor Sonali Mukherjee, who got her state job offer letter from chief minister Hemant Soren on Tuesday in Kasmar near Bokaro, will have to get a health certificate from the civil surgeon’s office before she joins.

On Tuesday, Sonali excitedly said she would join work at 9am sharp on Wednesday.

When The Telegraph called the gutsy 28-year-old on Wednesday, she said she would first have to get a health certificate from civil surgeon S.B. Singh as well as submit all her original academic certificates to the Bokaro DC office, before she joins as a Grade III clerk.

Speaking in chaste Hindi, she said: “My appointment letter stated I need to join by February 20. There is some paperwork that is mandatory before any government job.”

In all likelihood, Sonali will join work on February 10.

“I have time to complete all my formalities,” she said over phone. “I have waited years for my job. Waiting a few days more is fine,” added the woman who had completed her intermediate studies when the acid attack happened in 2003.

Sonali can hope to get a congenial workplace. Bokaro DC Uma Shankar Singh said he would give her a “rousing welcome” on her first day.

“I will also ask her the kind of work she wants to do. She has said she is interested in working for women and the physically challenged,” he said.

Sonali will also have to undergo another round of reconstructive surgeries in Delhi soon after she joins. “Every surgery is a challenge. And now, I have a job, where I want to do my best. Please wish me luck,” she told The Telegraph.