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Meet 104-year-old villager, Kunwar Bai, who sold her livestock to build toilets at home

Think Change India
23rd Feb 2016
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Kunwar Bai, a 104-year-old woman from Kotabharri a village in Chhattisgarh’s Dhamtari district, sold her goats for constructing toilets in her home. The Prime Minister said it is a big sign of changing India. Kunwar Bai does not watch TV or read papers, but the message of building toilets under clean India mission reached her. She sold 8-10 goats to build toilets at home. She has also encouraged others from the village to build toilets. Now every home in the village has toilets.

Image: News Nation
Image: News Nation

Kunwar Bai was felicitated for her efforts to make her village ‘open defecation free’, during the launch of ‘Rurban Mission’ at Kurrubhat village in the state’s Naxal-hit Rajandgaon district on Sunday.

Two development blocks – Ambagarh Chowki and Chhuriya – of Rajnandgaon have also been declared ‘open defecation free’.

Calling it as a major change taking place at the grassroots level of the country, the Prime Minister said, “The country is changing. It seems when a woman at a remote village makes efforts to fulfil a dream of clean India mission, she is an inspiration for everyone, especially the youth,” reports The Times Of India.

“Even a Prime Minister has to think before enforcing taxes (on public), but people in these blocks without hesitation decided to slap fine on those who defecated in open which is a good initiative for the welfare of society. Making an area open defecation free is a biggest advantage and respect to our mother and sisters who have to go down to fields and forests (to relieve themselves). I bow my head in respect to them,” said the Prime Minister, as reported by NDTV.

The Prime Minister also felicitated Phoolbasan Bai Yadav, a social worker for her efforts towards development of economically and socially backward women in the state. She was honoured with the Padma Shri in 2012 for her work.

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