Kathmandu, March 4
Every day hundreds of Nepalese go to India for employment crossing the Nepalgunj border, in Banke district. But Abid Khan of Nanpara in bordering India comes to Nepalgunj for employment.
Khan, who has been selling fruits on the streets of Nepalgunj for the last seven years, said that he was making good money from fruit sales. “I started a fruit selling business with a small amount,” said 20-year Khan, “It is close to home, and the income is also good. “ According to Khan, fruits worth around Rs. 10,000 to Rs. 12,000 are sold daily. During the festival, fruits worth around Rs. 25,000 to Rs. 30,000 are sold, he said.
The daily income from fruit sales is more than Rs. 2000 and ever higher during the festivals, he said. Khan put his monthly income at more than Rs. 60,000. He said that his income funded the education of his brother and sisters as well as household expenses.
Stating that the work was neither small nor big, Khan said that the relationship with Nepal had also strengthened because of his years-long stay in Nepalgunj. Many Indians come to Nepalgunj daily from border Indian markets and urban areas on carts to work in industries and to sell vegetables from bicycles.