This disabled man from Maharashtra is leading the campaign for safe sanitation in his district
Sunil Kishan Rao Koknare, a physically disabled man from Maharashtra's Nanded district has inspired thousands of villagers to join the Swachh Bharat Mission. He is doing this by making them understand the importance of adopting safe sanitation practices. His efforts have brought a significant change and motivated villagers to build and use toilets.
Koknare was left disabled in an accident & now walks with support of crutches
Villagers across Nanded district have taken pride in the fact that they have built 1,30,000 toilets in the last three months since Koknare sensitised them about the dangers of open defecation and the benefits of using a toilet. He even told them the basic steps of how to build a toilet and how to maintain them for proper usage.
Koknare has contributed to making five gram panchayats - Bijalwadi, Gavandgaon, Nagral, Markhel, Tadkhel - open defecation free. Another gram panchayat, Mendankallur is also getting to that goal.
Koknare was left disabled in an accident and was severely paralysed for a few years. His condition has improved and he is now able to walk with the help of crutches. The injuries did not stop him from doing what he always loved - empowering people.
Koknare has also held workshops to highlight the importance of sanitation.