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  Newsmakers   27 Nov 2017  Mann Ki Baat: PM praises 8-yr-old disabled boy who made village open-defecation free

Mann Ki Baat: PM praises 8-yr-old disabled boy who made village open-defecation free

ANI
Published : Nov 27, 2017, 2:41 pm IST
Updated : Nov 27, 2017, 2:41 pm IST

Modi in the 38th edition of his 'Mann ki Baat' address, shared the boy's story with the country.

Tushar, an eight-year-old 'Divyang' boy from Madhya Pradesh's Kumhari village, made headlines for his single-handed efforts in making his village open defecation-free (ODF). (Photo: ANI)
 Tushar, an eight-year-old 'Divyang' boy from Madhya Pradesh's Kumhari village, made headlines for his single-handed efforts in making his village open defecation-free (ODF). (Photo: ANI)

Balaghat: Tushar, an eight-year-old 'Divyang' boy of Madhya Pradesh's Kumhari village, made headlines on Sunday when Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in his 'Mann ki Baat' narrated an account of the lad's single-handed efforts in making his village open defecation-free (ODF).

The honour of being mentioned by the Prime Minster has brought joy to the whole village, and especially the parents of the boy.

"It's a matter of pride for us that my son, who is mute and deaf, brought laurels to our village," Tushar's mother, Anju Urade said.

Since Tushar is a differently-abled boy, his mother also appealed to Prime Minister Modi to help in his treatment.

"We can't afford his treatment. We appeal to Modiji if he can help us in getting him operated in India or outside, if his condition can be treated," she said.

Tushar's mother wants him to reach greater heights in life, and requested the government to also provide money to aid his education.

Santosh Urade, the proud father of the child, said that Tushar's achievement would be an inspiration to all.

Earlier on Sunday, the Prime Minister in the 38th edition of his 'Mann ki Baat' address, shared the boy's story with the country.

"You will be amazed to know that Tushar, an eight year old differently-abled, 'Divyang' boy from Madhya Pradesh, had taken a firm resolve to make his village Open defecation free. Such a young child, but his grit and determination were larger and mightier. He cannot speak but he made a whistle his weapon," Prime Minister Modi said.

He told that Tushar woke up every morning at 5 am, and awoke everyone else by visiting households of his village and using gesticulation to convey the message to others of not defecating in the open.

"He visited 30-40 households each day, and gradually Kumahari village became open defecation free," PM Modi continued.

"Our Divyang brothers and sisters are firm in their resolve; they are competent, capable, courageous and determined. Today, they are doing well in every field," the Prime Minster added.

Tags: open defecation free, divyang boy, mann ki baat, narendra modi
Location: India, Madhya Pradesh