Addressing the nation through Mann Ki Baat, Prime Minister Narendra Modi appreciated Dilip Singh Malviya, a mason in Madhya Pradesh’s Sehore district for constructing more than 100 toilets without charging any money.
HT travelled to Bhojpura village, about 37 km from the district headquarters, to speak to Malviya.
“Fellow villagers told me that PM Narendra Modi sahab took my name and appreciated my work. Everybody in the village is talking about it now. We are all happy that the name of our village has been highlighted,” says the 65-year-old Malviya. “The whole village is involved in the mission and we are grateful to the PM for recognising it and praising it.”
Malviya decided to construct toilets free as he wanted to help his village, where women had to defecate in the open. “Now all households in our village have a toilet and people are happy here. My respect in the village has grown. Village women have thanked me and told me that I have saved their dignity as it used to be very embarrassing for them defecate out in the open,” he says.
Malviya says if people in neighbouring villages want his help, he would readily offer his services free of cost. “I want the surrounding villages also to be clean like our village,” he says.
Villagers say sarpanch Suresh Chandra Verma and members of the ‘gram vikas prasfutan samiti’ motivated them to construct toilets and not wait for government help. They promised that help would come later, following which Malviya volunteered to construct toilets without charging people for it.
Moved by the reference in the radio programme, chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan tweeted, “To ensure cleanliness, Dilip constructed 100 toilets without labour charges. Mention of his name in PM’s #MannKiBaat is a matter of pride,” adding, “Dilip Singh is just a construction worker in Bhojpura village of Sehore but he set a great example of duty. Society needs to learn from him.”