Naveen Kumar scored a phenomenal 491 marks out of 500 to top Haryana School Education Board's class XII exams but his family's elation has now given way to dejection as the state government awarded a co-topper while "ignoring" the Hisar lad's achievement.
Kumar, and a girl student, Heena, scored identical marks to emerge toppers. Soon, after Heena was awarded Rs four lakh but no such honour was accorded to Kumar, according to his father.
Kumar, who has two elder sisters, resides in Hisar's Shiv Colony. According to Ran Singh, the boy scored 1,554th rank in the NEET exam under OBC category.
"The state government gave Rs four lakh to co-topper Heena and ignored my son," said Ran Singh. The proud father feels that by not even taking his son's achievement into consideration, the state government "insulted" Kumar.
Singh said it was the government's duty to reach out to a student if he or she was in need of help.
Ran Singh, however, was not impressed.
"I am not aware of any policy of the state government to honour meritorious students...But if they can honour a girl why is a boy ignored," he asks.
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