RAJNANDGAON: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday touched the feet of a 104-year-old woman from a village in Chhattisgarh's Dhamtari District who sold her goats for constructing toilets at her home.
Felicitating Kunwar Bai, the 104-year-old woman from Kotabharri village of Dhamtari for her efforts to make her village open defecation free, Modi said that it was big sign of changing India.
The incident took place during the launch of 'Rurban Mission' at Kurrubhat village in the state's Naxal-hit Rajandgaon District.
In order to build two toilets at her home, Kunwar Bai had sold-off her 8-10 goats.
Prime Minister Modi called it as a major change taking place at the roots of the country, and said, that it seemed that when a woman in a remote village makes efforts to fulfil dream of clean India mission, she was an inspiration for everyone, especially the youth of this country.
Four clusters of adjacent villages in Rajnandgaon, Dhamtari, Bastar and Kabirdham districts of the state will be developed in the first stage of the Rurban mission.
The National Rurban Mission intends to bridge the rural-urban divide by bringing civic and infrastructural amenities to clusters of villages across states evolving a new mantra for urbanization.
The mission would also help reduce migration of people towards the cities. The states would identify clusters of geographically adjacent Gram Panchayats with 25 to 50 thousand population in the plains and 5 to 15,000 in desert, hilly or tribal areas.