Indian conjoined twins score their dream job as electricians 19 years after being abandoned by their parents
- Sohna and Mohna Singh, 19, employed by Punjab State Power Corporation Limited to look after their electrical appliances
- Twins said they are ‘deeply thankful’ for the opportunity to become electricians
- The twins were born in Delhi but abandoned by their parents at two months old
Conjoined twin brothers from India have got their ‘dream job’ as electricians, 19 years after they were abandoned by their parents at two months old.
Sohna and Mohna Singh, 19, have been employed by the Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) to look after the electrical appliances in the companies supply control room.
The twins, who grew up at a home for impoverished families near Amritsar in Punjab, have said they are ‘deeply thankful’ for the opportunity.
‘It’s a dream job. We are thankful to the Punjab government for recognising our talent,’ Sohna, who has an electronics diploma, told The Telegraph.
Sohna and Mohna Singh, 19, have been employed by the Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) to look after the electrical appliances in the companies supply control room
The conjoined twins will get two salaries for the role, with each being paid 10,000 rupees (£99) a month.
Sohna and Mohna have two hearts, two pairs of arms, kidneys, and spinal chords, but they have one gall bladder, spleen, liver and one pair of legs between them.
They were born in June 2003 at Sucheta Kriplani Hospital in New Delhi but doctors decided that it was too risky to separate the twins, with the procedure being potentially fatal for one, and causing neurological and vascular loss in the lower limbs of the surviving twin.
Sohna and Mohna were abandoned by their mother and father at two months old.
Medics contacted the Pingalwara Charitable Society, a home for destitute children, and the newborns were taken to their new homes on India’s Independence Day on August 15.
Sohna and Mohna have two hearts, two pairs of arms, kidneys, and spinal chords, but they have one gall bladder, spleen, liver and one pair of legs between them
While there, teachers at the home, found that the twins enjoyed working with electrical appliances.
‘They would always try to fix all minor problems related to electricity and electronic appliances in the institution,’ a teacher at the home told The Telegraph.
Sohna and Mohna pursued their passion and gained a diploma in electrical studies.
Officials from the PSPCL said they noticed the twins after they visiting one of their training sites.
‘We found them technically sound and knowing the job well. So, we decided to recruit them under the disabled person quota on compassionate grounds,’ Venu Parsad, Chief Managing Director PSPCL, told the Telegraph.
Sohna told The Hindustan Times: ‘We will work hard with utmost sincerity and dedication.’
‘We are deeply thankful to the Pingalwara institution that has raised us, educated us and helped us in becoming self-dependent,’ said Mohna.
Inderjit Kaur, chairperson of All India Pingalwara Charitable Society, said: ‘It is matter of great pride for all of us that Sohna-Mohna have joined the government service.’
The District Red Cross Society has announced they will pay for the cost of Sohna and Mohna’s transportation to their workplace.
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