106-yr-old Kunwar no more, she sold goats to build toilets, PM had touched her feet

National | Feb. 23, 2018, 6:25 p.m.

New Delhi, Feb 23: She was symbol of devotion for PM Narendra Modi's Swachh Bharat Abhiyan and was chosen as mascot for the mission in 2016. The 106-year-old woman had sold her goats to build toilets. Kunwar Bai from a village in Chhattisgarh's Dhamtari district passed away on Friday.

In 2016, PM Modi  had touched her feet and called her big sign of changing India. Modi had then felicitated Kunwar Bai from Kotabharri village of Dhamtari 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.

"An elderly woman of 104 years who stays in a remote village, does not watch TV or read papers, but the message of building toilets under clean India mission somehow reached her. She sold off her goats to build toilet at home and also encouraged others from the village to build," Modi had said.

Kunwar Bai had sold-off her 8-10 goats to build two toilets at her home.

Subsequently, she started showing other villagers the toilets at her home while informing them about its importance.

Now every home in the village has toilets. Calling it as a major change taking place at the roots of the country, Modi had said, "The country is changing. It seems when a woman at a remote village makes efforts to fulfil dream of clean India mission, she is an inspiration for everyone, especially youths."

"I would like to tell media that you don't cover me but spread the story of this woman all over the country," the PM urged.


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