PM Modi praises 8-year-old disabled boy for making village open defecation-free
Prime Minister Narendra Modi praised an eight-year-old disabled boy named Tushar on his radio show Mann Ki Baat for taking on the responsibility to make his village open-defecation free.
PM Modi praises disabled child in radio show
Tushar lives in Kumhari village in Madhya Pradesh, where the main profession of the people is farming and occasional labour work. The farmers have not used a toilet since birth and every one has followed the same practice for generations.
What is amazing is that Tushar, who cannot speak and hear, took up the responsibility to educate his neighbours and began a campaign to end it. He would get up at 5 AM every day and visit every household in the morning waking people up with his whistle. He would use his hands to convince people against defecating in the open.
Tushar would visit nearly 40 houses a day and would not stop whistling if he was someone defecating in the open. Modi praised his courage and said that his actions had made a positive impact on villagers.
Tushar would be accompanied by helpers in the village who were working with the Swachh Bharat mission. The village was announced open-defecation free on 26 January, 2017.