- Abhijit Nath, NET Correspondent, Tripura
Agartala, Aug 16, 2022 : After MBA Chaiwala and MA Pass Lottery wala, a small shop by the name of ‘B.Ed. Chaiwala’ has been drawing immense attention on social media platforms for the past few days. It is started by a 24-year old vendor Liton Bhowmik who studied B.Ed. and belongs to Tripura’s Sarkar Para in the suburbs of Agartala city.
The shop is located at Nandannagar Bazaar, about three kilometres away from Govind Ballabh Pant (GBP) hospital. It has been 4 days since Liton started his own small business with the help of the government’s welfare scheme and he says that the crowd is unexpected.
Speaking to Tripura Observer, Liton said “After completion of schooling in Nandannagar HS+2 School and graduation from the city-based government degree college in Tripura, I applied for B.Ed. course admission in Al Hilal Mission Teachers Training Institute at Murshidabad of West Bengal and acquired the B.Ed. degree in 2021. Thereafter, it seemed to be living a boring life sitting idle at home and till the time of acquiring a government job, something had to be done for earning livelihood and support for the family.”
“While spending an evening with childhood friends, I decided to open a tea shop mainly and also sell cold drinks. First, I thought of ‘Tea Corner’. Then one of my friends asked me to introduce a trending name for the shop and suggested that I use the degree’s name. Accordingly, I talked with the local guardians and market businessmen committee of the nearby market (Nandannagar Bazar). A small room in the market has been allotted and received a loan from the government’s welfare scheme to open this shop. So far, I have spent Rs 1 lakh 20 thousand”, he said.
Serving a tasty milk tea on earthen cup, popularly known as ‘Matir Bhar’ at the cost of Rs 10 only, The ‘B.Ed. Chaiwala’ owner said “In future, I plan to sell coffee by purchasing a machine, ice-creams, etc. At the same time, I will also apply for the TET examination conducted by the Teachers’ Recruitment Board of Tripura (TRBT).”
However, Liton expressed his displeasure that the recruitment process is delayed as more than three thousand TET-qualified candidates are waiting in a long queue for government services. “For the time being, I will continue with this shop and improve the quality with customers’ feedback. At present, I open the shop in the morning and late afternoon every day”, he also added.
Senior leaders of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party also applauded this initiative of a 24-year old youth who had chosen the path of becoming ‘Atmanirbhar’.
Currently, ‘B.Ed. Chaiwala’ of Tripura is going viral. His picture went viral on social media and netizens have praised him. On the one hand, several people are commenting that every educated child will have to choose this path in the future due to the condition of the country. Some people are saying positive things that many people are applauding for standing by the family instead of sitting idle.