Kapil, a Class 6 student of a government school in Rajasthan, has become a brand ambassador for Swachch Bharat Abhiyan in his district—Nagaur.
Reason: Inspired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Mann Ki Baat on cleanliness, hygiene and importance of toilet, he got a toilet built at his home in Jhitiya Kala village . It cost him Rs 15000 and took 15 days to get the toilet built. Now his mother and grandmother don’t go out in the open to defecate.
As a token of acknowledgement of his initiative, the district administration declared him as goodwill ambassador for ‘Niralo Nagaur’ and ‘Swachch Bharat Abhiyan’ on Sunday.
Kapil told HT that he was inspired to build the toilet when he listened to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Mann Ki Baat on television at school. He said, “It always pained me to see my mother, grandmother and sister wait till it was dark to go to field for toilet. I approached district officials for help and they provided me with the design and the layout for the toilet and we got it constructed,” he said.
Kapil’s mother Sanju Amala is happy too. His grandmother Jamna Devi said his efforts had given them a sense of dignity and safety. She said, “Inspired by his efforts, many more people in the village have started constructing toilets on their own.”
District collector Rajan Vishal said, “His voluntary involvement into ‘Swachch Bharat Mission’ without any incentive at such a tender age places him at a distinct footing from his peers.”
Kapil will speak at orientation workshops of district Sarpanchs and other stake holders of the ‘Niralo Nagaur’ and ‘Swachch Bharat Abhiyan’. He will also figure in the IEC literature (campaign materials and articles), said Vishal. “Hopefully taking inspiration from him many more such Kapils will come forward to take the mission to its conclusion,” he said.
Ramadayal Kumawat, a villager, said, “We too will build toilets in our homes.”