Shyam Sundar (35), working as a peon with the East Coast Railway headquarters in Bhubaneswar, was first spotted by a Delhi-based ministry official when he won top honours at an inter-railway painting competition recently.
The cover, which was the centre of attention at Railway Minister Piyush Goyal's press conference yesterday, shows Mahatma Gandhi disembarking a train with people greeting him at the gate.
The booklet highlights the government's latest project - commemoration of Mahatma Gandhi's 150th birth anniversary."I have been working as a peon for the past 10 years and this is my moment!" said Sundar, who was felicitated by the minister in the national capital yesterday.
The artist said the final painting that made it to the 10 inch x 10 inch cover was his third entry, as the two sample sketches drawn by him were rejected.
The booklet highlights the achievement of railways in the last four years and is sent to all public representatives.
An excited Sundar added, "The railway minister shook my hand and said that the painting was beautiful. It was a moment of pride for me".
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