“We will work hard with utmost sincerity"
Sohna and Mohna Singh, conjoined twin brothers from India, have got their ‘dream job’ as electricians, 19 years after they were abandoned by their parents.
The twins were born in Delhi but were abandoned by their parents at two months old.
The conjoined twins have been employed by the Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) to look after the electrical appliances in the company’s supply control room.
Sohna and Mohna, who grew up at a home for impoverished families near Amritsar, have said they are ‘deeply thankful’ for the opportunity.
Sohna, who has an electronics diploma from the Industrial Training Institutes (ITI), said:
“It’s a dream job. We are thankful to the Punjab government for recognising our talent.”
The conjoined twins will receive two salaries for the role, with each initially being paid Rs 10,000 (£99) per month.
Sohna and Mohna have two hearts, two pairs of arms, kidneys, and spinal cords, but they have one gall bladder, spleen, liver and one pair of legs between them.
Born on June 14, 2003, at New Delhi’s Sucheta Kriplani Hospital, they were abandoned by their mother and father at two months old.
Doctors decided that it was too risky to separate the twins, with the procedure being potentially fatal for one, and causing a neurological and vascular loss in the lower limbs of the surviving twin.
Medics contacted the Pingalwara Charitable Society, an orphanage, and the newborns were taken to their new home on Independence Day in 2003.
During their time at the home, their teachers found that the twins enjoyed working with electrical appliances.
A teacher at the home said:
“They would always try to fix all minor problems related to electricity and electronic appliances in the institution.”
Sohna and Mohna Singh pursued their passion and gained a diploma in electrical studies.
Officials from the Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) said they noticed the twins after they visited one of their training sites.
PSPCL’s Chief Managing Director, Venu Parsad, said:
“We found them technically sound and knowing the job well.
“So, we decided to recruit them under the disabled person quota on compassionate grounds.”
Talking about the opportunity, Sohna stated:
“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.”
Dr Inderjit Kaur, the chairperson of All India Pingalwara Charitable Society, said:
“It is a matter of great pride for all of us that Sohna and Mohna have joined the government service.”
Sohna and Mohna Singh were christened by Dr Inderjit Kaur after the famous piece of historical fiction by Bhai Veer Singh.
The District Red Cross Society has announced that they will pay for the cost of the conjoined twins’ transportation to and from their workplace.