Tribal woman to be awarded with sanitation prize

Last Updated: Sunday, March 18, 2012 - 17:02

Bhopal: Anita Narre from tribal-dominated
Baitul district of Madhya Pradesh, who became a role model for
sanitation movement, will be tomorrow awarded with a special
prize at a function in New Delhi.

Anita, 23, who almost risked her marriage over the
absence of an indoor lavatory, will be honored with the
"Sulabh Sanitation Award" by Union Minister for Rural
Development and Panchayati Raj Jairam Ramesh.

The cash prize of Rs five lakh was announced by Sulabh
International chairman Bindeshwar Pathak after Anita took a
"bold" step in insisting for an indoor toilet at her in-law`s
village where open air defecation is a norm like most of rural
India.

Her insistence on having a toilet at her in-law`s place
not only compelled her husband to take up the issue with the
Panchayat at his native in Jheetudhana in Betul district but
also made Sulabh International adopt Anita`s village for its
"Total Cleanliness Drive".

Anita, who married Shivram Narre on May 13, 2011,
returned to her parent`s house at Chincholi after discovering
that her in-law`s place lack the indoor facility.

She returned only after the toilet was constructed.

PTI



First Published: Sunday, March 18, 2012 - 17:02

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