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Poor MP farmer uses daughters in place of oxen to pull plough

Unable to buy a pair of oxen due to acute poverty, a farmer from the home district of Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, has been using his two minor daughters in place of the oxen to pull the plough for the last two years.

As a shocking video of Radha, 13 and Kunti, 9, roped in the plough in place of the oxen to furrow the field by their 42-year-old father Sardar Barela in Bastanpur Pangari village, some 60 kms away from the district headquarters, went viral, an embarrassed district administration rushed a revenue official to the farmer on Saturday.
Besides being the home district of the chief minister, Sehore is a part of Vidisha Lok Sabha constituency being represented by senior BJP leader and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj.
Shockingly, Barela has been using his daughters for ploughing for the last two years.
"As I don't have money to buy bulls, I have no option but to ask my daughters to pull the plough who have been doing it for the last two years," Barela said. The hapless farmer said neither he had money to educate Radha and Kunti, nor was he able to reap the benefits of the beneficial schemes of the government.
After the video of Barela and his daughters ploughing the field went viral, the district authorities have appealed to the farmer to stop the practice.
"After the incident came to our knowledge, we rushed officials to the village. We will ensure that Barela gets the benefit of the government schemes," said district PRO Ashish Sharma.

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