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In Just 3 Hours Of Rain, Chennai Apartment Collects 1 Lakh Litres Of Water

NOG Team
02/08/19
The residents of a Chennai apartment complex have evinced the effectiveness of systematic rainwater harvesting by collecting around 1,00,000 litres of water in just three hours of rain.Fifty-six apartments in four blocks of Sabari Terrace Complex in Sholinganallur participated in the rainwater harvesting drive-by channelising the rain pipes from their terraces into an underground sump or reservoir with an enormous storage capacity of 1 lakh litres. Beyond the expectations of the residents, the sump filled up to the brim in just a span of three days – from October 29 to October 31 – when the city registered a total rainfall of around three hours. “Till now, we have been able to collect a total of 6 lakh litres in near about two weeks,” Harsha Koda, secretary of Sabari Terrace Residents’ Association, informs The Logical Indian. The prevalent problemThe city of Chennai has been predominantly dependent on groundwater, whose levels are facing depletion due to unplanned usage. Hence, it is now mandated for all builders to compulsorily include rainwater recharge pits, at least two in every apartment complex. “Reality is, in most of the apartments, the builders dump construction waste into these pits. So, they cannot be used for rainwater harvesting,” shares Harsha Koda.In the case of Sabari Terrace Apartments, around 300 residents of fifty-six quarters, mostly comprising the young IT professionals, were entirely dependent on water supplied by private tanks, both for drinking and household purposes. “In a day, the water usage summed up to 40,000 litres while the expenditure on water added up to Rs. 1 Lakh per month. The wastewater used to be carried to the nearest treatment plant and our gardens were sprayed with the recycled water,” shares Koda.About the projectKoda tells, “Since the last few years, Chennai has started receiving considerable rainfall in June-July as well, apart from the usual rains from Diwali to Pongal.” Thus, the plan for the massive RWH network has been on the cards for quite some time. But, it was not easy to persuade the residents to contribute for the RWH project, mainly because they were already spending a hefty amount on water. Harsha Koda and his wife Prabha Koda has been the main crusaders of rainwater harvesting since 2017 when they started constructing different RWH structures in phases, to convince the sceptical residents. Incidentally, the design for the network of pipes leading to the sump was conceptualised by Prabha Koda, with guidance from Dr Sekhar Raghvan of Rain Centre.Explaining the structure to The Logical Indian, Harsha Koda, shared that the entire mechanism operates in two phases. In the first phase, the rain pipes from terraces of the four blocks of apartments carry the rainwater into two tanks where sedimentation takes place, clearing the run-off water from dirt particles. These tanks deposit the water into the 1 lakh-litre underground sump which comprises the second phase. The water is then routed towards a treatment plant, where it is recycled and rendered safe for use, followed by pumping to individual flats.Repleting the declining groundwater levelsThe Sabari Terrace sump also ensures the rise in the groundwater levels in the area. Four rain pipes originate from four corners each terrace, out of which three are connected to the sump network while the fourth one drains the water into soak pits meant for recharging the groundwater table. In fact, sometimes excess water from the sump is also diverted towards the soak pits using valves.Accounting the expenditure for the project, Koda reveals that out of the total Rs 2.5 Lakh spent over a year, water worth Rs 50,000 have already been recovered. The residents admit that the project has sufficiently minimised their dependence on water purchased from tankers. Maintenance is a must“I should definitely acknowledge the amazing efforts by our housekeeping team who sweeps all the terraces clean every day, ensuring we get crystal clear rainwater in the reservoir.We clean our pipes and storage tanks every 60-90 days,” reveals Koda.The Logical Indian takeAt a time when water crisis is a pressing problem all over India, including rain-rich tropical areas, rainwater harvesting can be an effective countermeasure. However, the absence of proper know-how and planning leads to the ineffectiveness of many RWH projects. The example set by Sabari Terrace residents can be replicated by other citizen associations. The Logical Indian appreciates this initiative undertaken by Chennai citizens and wishes more people realises its importance.Source: https://thelogicalindian.com/environment/sabari-terrace-rainwater/
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A Centre for Enablement of Physically Disabled

The Narasingh Swain Memorial Trust was established in September 2001, in an effort to enable the physically disabled in India through reconstructive surgery. The Trust was set up in the memory of Late Narasingh Swain. The Trust started work in a modest way from the year 2001, treating physically disabled persons with grotesque burns, birth deformities that were sent to us by fellow doctors. NGOs picked up the thread and started sending more such unfortunate patients who are treated free of cost. The trust then got in touch with the self help groups of disabled persons who had just been formed at the district level in Andhra Pradesh. Thus was established a pathway for identification of physically disabled persons leading to screening, reconstructive surgery and follow up camps on an annual basis and surgery on  weekends, till 2012. We had done more than 600 reconstructive surgeries by the time we built our own hospital in 2013. About 587 doctors had been trained in surgical skills in the creatively designed, highly interactive Basic Surgical Skills courses, using locally available materials as teaching aids (chicken skin, goat hooves and bovine intestine to simulate tissue for suturing and surgical manipulation). Location specific screening, identification and reconstructive surgery for physically disabled persons in the BOP segment had been done so far with short term follow-up, in a resource constrained environment.Dr. Bharatendu Swain, a leading plastic surgeon in the twin cities, has trained, taught and worked in Malaysia, UK, Australia and India. As a surgeon for two decades at Apollo Hospital, Hyderabad, deep down he wanted to do more for society, especially for the downtrodden who had no access to specialized medical care and has left a lucrative career in the corporate setup and immersed himself in the ethos of the Narasingh Swain Memorial Trust. His selfless, sacrificing attitude in the service of patients has gone a long way in the inception and maintenance of this institute. In the face of many obstacles, he has doggedly pursued to make this a state of art and referral hospital for complicated cases in the field of reconstructive surgery.  In its pursuit of excellence and service to mankind, Aakar Asha has received several accolades and recognition in the field of social service. Physical disability comprises 49% of all forms of disability (National Sample Survey Organization) and affects nearly 30 million Indians. Currently, the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment supports the physically disabled by economic empowerment, rights protection, improving access, etc. We consider physical disability as a primary health care problem and direct enablement through reconstructive surgery or physical rehabilitation as a solution. We do reconstructive surgery across a range of disciplines- Orthopedic, Plastic and Reconstructive, Cancer surgery, Pediatric Surgery and other disciplines where reconstructive surgery is required.The organization works closely with government organizations (Society for Elimination of Rural Poverty – Disability component – for screening and identification of physically disabled persons), self-help groups, and many other stakeholders and partners with philanthropic institutions for subsidizing the cost of health care. Established as a one-of-its-kind organization, Aakar Asha hospital provides free reconstructive surgery for the poor. One of our success stories define the change in our quality of treatment after moving from the ‘remote location’ model to the institutional model.Ms S has suffered with deformity of left foot/ankle since infancy. She allegedly sustained burns in infancy when she rolled in open fire and the left foot/leg got burnt and merged in to a stump. Since then she has not been able to walk normally and was hopping on the leg for navigation. After Aakar Asha Hospital conducted reconstructive surgery camp in Chhattisgarh she was identified for surgery and she was brought here to our hospital here in Hyderabad. She underwent 4 stage surgery and rehabilitation. During discharge she was ambulatory and walking on both feet. 
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Mission 100 Library movement by Sanskriti

Joginder Rohilla started Sanskriti, which sets up free libraries and offers career guidance to kids, and EtechDreams, a startup that generates employment in rural areas.As a techie with a flourishing career, Joginder Rohilla may have lived in Europe and South America, but flashes of Bahadurgarh, the small town in Haryana where he grew up, remained with him. On introspection, he realised that he had managed to make it out of that town despite his tough circumstances due to one game-changing factor: education. He returned home with the mission to start a three-pronged initiative involving knowledge, literacy and ambition.Today, his mission – Sanskriti - has led to 61 free libraries being opened across seven states and conducted dozens of career guidance sessions that have put over 2,000 children on the right path. EtechDreams, his rural-based IT startup, on the other hand, hopes to serve the world and, more importantly, the community.Working towards his dream“My own educational journey was a bit tough, but I saw how my life changed through education and I wanted to make a difference in others’ life via education, reading and knowledge procurement,” says the 31-year-old, who goes by the name Jogi. Jogi holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Deenbandhu Chhoturam University of Science and Technology and a PGDBA degree from IMT Ghaziabad.He came up with the idea for Sanskriti with his elder brother.“We didn’t have a good library in our city and felt the lack of it,” he says. Thus, when Jogi’s career stabilised - even though his brother had unexpectedly passed away by then - he revisited the dream they had dreamed together, and it took shape in the form of Sanskriti in 2007.“We started with a small free public library in our own home in July 2007,” he recalls. Sanskriti was formally launched in 2008.Working with TCS, Gurgaon, at the time, Jogi would shuttle between Gurgaon and Bahadurgarh to manage his day job and Sanskriti. The library attracted countless children who would come down to read and study. In time, they became more disciplined and interested in what they were studying.His career took him to Belgium and Chile in 2009, but knowing that they were on to something grand and meaningful, he did not cease to coordinate with his friends while he was there. He connected with people abroad who he felt could potentially support Sanskriti.“An NRI reached out to me from the US when I was in Europe on social media and contributed books worth Rs 50,000 for our Bahadurgarh city library,” he recounts.Back to his rootsHe returned to India in 2013 to focus full time on Sanskriti.“Leaving my job abroad was a courageous step and really tough, but with the support of some close friends and family members, it became one of the best decisions of my life,” he says. His energies were focused on Sanskriti and his startup, when he suffered a major setback. His father was diagnosed with cancer, a battle he eventually lost. But, he got his life back on track soon and with newfound vigour began work on Sanskriti, and a rural IT startup ETechDreams.“Seeing the impact of the library in our own city, we thought to open similar libraries across India. We have already opened 20 libraries across Haryana, UP, Telangana, Delhi, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Bihar and Orissa. The aim is to provide a better reading environment to underprivileged kids and to promote reading habits in them,” he says.Sanskriti collaborated with various local NGOs - discovered though social media and then thoroughly vetted - to create this network of libraries. While they have partnered with a publishing house through a team member (grants up to 40 percent off on books), they provide funds to NGO partners for basic library infrastructure like desks, chairs and shelves.“We have a selected list of books to send. I give the address to publisher and he send the books. And for the furniture, the NGOs check about the required furniture in the local market, and send them a cheque. In a few places, the community also came forward with old furniture or other such contributions,” Jogi says.Each library costs them between Rs 7,000 and Rs 10,000 to erect. Sanskriti is aiming to open 100 libraries across the country, and is actively seeking funding for the same.“There was a day I remember, when the number of visitors at our library in a day crossed hundred. That was really an achievement for a small library in our city,” he says. Many children leave behind notes in the library, thanking Jogi and the team for inviting them into the joy-filled world of books.Step two: mentorshipMeanwhile, Jogi sensed another gap in these children’s lives - they would come up to him and his father filled with curiosity about all the vivid lives and careers favourite characters in their books led. Jogi researched this to see how many children actually pursue professional educations, and found that only 19.4 percent students in India procure a higher education.“Higher education makes us independent and intelligent. There is no lack of talent in our country, but without proper career information, many students miss out,” he says.Thus, Jogi started Career Guidance Sessions wherein his team goes to rural schools to mentor and counsel students about career prospects. The feedback of students at the end of the seminars egged him on to turn this into a regular affair.“I met a student after three years in our library who told me that he was in one of my seminars and pursued engineering as he was inspired. This is how I know I am on the right path,” he says. The first seminar had over 50 children from Class 9 and 10 in 2008. He then organised similar initiatives in Delhi, Haryana and Rajasthan, and has been able to guide roughly 2,000 students. He hopes to turn this number to 10,000 students over the next year.“We get reviews like – ‘It changed my life completely’. There are many change stories like this,” he states.The challenges he facedSpeaking about the challenges, Jogi says: “Building a good team is the most important thing to make a big difference. Many people come forward but only few stay over time.”Completely funded by donations since they began, repeat contributions from benefactors have kept them going. But the lack of steady funding is also a hindrance.“I put significant effort in connecting with more and more people who can support us - and we are aiming much higher now. There are 50-odd people connected to Sanskriti directly or indirectly, and an army of 1,000 well-wishers on social media,” he says.Jogi dons several hats at the moment - his novel venture EtechDreams is a tech startup started two months ago on the outskirts of Dehradun, in a small town called Sudhowala. The idea is to save on overheads that come with big city life and, in turn, provide low-cost IT services to clients around the world. He already has a team of four people, and is aiming is to generate employment in rural areas in IT going forward.With education and employment, Joginder ‘Jogi’ Rohilla is working to bring change to rural areas.Source: https://yourstory.com/2017/11/techie-opens-20-free-libraries-across-7-states-joginder-rohilla
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This young doctor has transformed lives of more than 1lakh poor blind people in Odisha

Trilochan Netralaya is a non-profit charitable eye hospital which was established in Sambalpur, a part of western Odisha by Dr. Shiva Prasad Sahoo in 2008. Having been born in a low-income family Dr. Shiva struggled a lot to get into medical profession. After completion of postgraduation, he left the opportunity of a luxurious high paid salaried job and decided to stay back to serve the needy and poor people of western Odisha. Since its inception, Trilochan Netralaya has transformed the lives of more than 1lakh people in around 12 districts of western Odisha by sight-restoring cataract surgery. Blindness is the greatest tragedy next to death and 80% of this blindness is avoidable. Western Odisha is known for poverty, illiteracy, and ignorance. There is poor access to health care too. People living in a miserable condition can't even dream of getting basic eye care. Trilochan Netralaya has been working hard since last 10years to reach the unreached for whom health care is just a dream. Dr. Shiva is not alone now. He is accompanied by another three full-time ophthalmologists and a team of 60+ odd paramedical and support staff. The three units based in Sambalpur, Bhawanipatna, and Jagatsinghpur cater to the needs of 10million population in areas poorly served with 10000+ sight-restoring surgeries.  This passionate doctor aspires to provide world-class eye care to all classes of people in the community.        
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State Proves International Level Education Possible in Gov Schools

Providing students of government schools with education of international standard is what Nand Kumar (IAS) hopes to do. Till 2018, Kumar was the principal secretary for school education in Maharashtra and oversaw the implementation of various initiatives focused on improving the quality of education, teachers’ performance and promoting healthy competition among schools. He spearheaded CM Devendra Fadnavis’ flagship project ‘Pragat Shaikshanik Maharashtra’ which aimed to increase the academic performance of students and even launched the ‘international board’ in the state. Kumar spoke to TOI about the new education policy and what it means to provide international level education. Excerpts from the interview...Q. How does the government define international level education?A. Internationally, best education means 15-year-olds being able to score above average in the Programme for International Students’ Assessment (PISA). Notwithstanding divergent opinions, PISA is the most acclaimed international students’ assessment and it tests students on the 21st century skills through maths, science and language. India has rightly planned for select education system students to appear in the 2021 round of PISA with planned gradual expansion to other education systems in the country. Q. How can the proposed New Education Policy (NEP) help us achieve this goal?A. The NEP is very pragmatic in its intent and all the ingredients like 21st century skills etc of internationally best quality education have been incorporated. However, it stops short of using the international quality and assessment. Also, one of the aims of imparting 21st century skills should be to enable employment in any part of the world. I feel this should have been provided expressly in NEP.Q. But NEP alone can’t get India to the top of the global academic ladder. Training of teachers, too, is important.A. Preparing our teachers is definitely the real issue. In my opinion, ‘Aspirational Pilot’ should be planned and executed. The country has about 7 million teachers and it is safe to assume that at least 5% of these are of excellent quality (3.5 lakh), which is huge. By following the RTE norms of one teacher for every 30 students, about 10,000 schools with an average enrolment of 1,000 each can be run with the help of these teachers. Thus every state can run at least 100 showcase schools with existing teachers by proper vision formation and imparting high quality training only. These teachers (and schools) can be selected through well-defined yardsticks and method to run showcase schools. Processes to be followed in these schools will cover all those skills that are required in PISA test. Q. How can the remaining 95% teachers be motivated?A. The need of the hour is to create such models that can be seen by other teachers. It starts with celebrating successes of teachers in all forms by the system as well as the society. In many states, teachers have been eliciting community participation for creation of various facilities in schools, making schools digital, teachers are running WhatsApp groups and sharing their good work and getting accolades from officers and other teachers. Q. You initiated the international board in Maharashtra. Have you achieved the desired results?A. The experience of the Maharashtra International Education Board (MIEB) schools show that parents want such schools and a large number of teachers apply for selection even without additional financial incentives. They apply because through MIEB schools they want to fulfil their aspirations. In MIEB pilots, additional infrastructural cost also has to be met with community participation, village panchayat funds and CSRs, but no direct government funding. It is designed so purposefully as the negativity around the poor performance of government schools makes it difficult to convince the governments for additional budgets. The need is to showcase a successful model that works for government schools with Indian languages as a medium and very strong English. MIEB Schools are satisfying all these requirements and hence, it’s no wonder that these schools have waiting lists running in the thousands. Q. How do we quantify the achievement of teachers in raising the academic standards?A. ASER tests available online are such tests. Demonstrated capability of schools where 100% children are able to read and do basic arithmetic will be a feat in the current scenario of poor quality, particularly in government-run schools. Maharashtra celebrated all such successes by the teachers and communities and issued government circulars to replicate such practices that include making schools digital, Pragat Schools, frequent evaluations of students similar to ASER etc. As a result, between the 2014 and 2018 ASER reports, Maharashtra clocked maximum progress both in Maths and Language at Grade 5 levels among all the states. It saw two trend reversals. One, government schools started performing better than earlier compared to private schools and two, they started getting students from private schools rather than losing out to them. If only government schools are considered through this indicator then Maharashtra is at the top. This has resulted in the highly pragmatic environment among teachers. Therefore, they are able to think of international best quality schools.Q. Does the government have money to fund education to the desired level?A. Vietnam is not a very rich country. It is in turmoil, but is ranked 12 under PISA. In the 2015 round of PISA, Asian countries like Japan and Singapore occupied the top slot. In 2013, Japan spent 3.67% of its GDP and 9.31% of government funds on school education. Singapore spent 2.9% and 19.96% and Vietnam spent 5.65% and 18.52% respectively. Thus spending 20% of the funds on education set by GoI is a good benchmark. We should not wait to get 6% of the GDP. We must start improving the quality. In any case, our children do not have the luxury to wait. A single day of poor quality education is a big loss for them.Source: https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/nagpur/state-proves-intl-level-education-possible-in-govt-schools/articleshow/70308856.cms
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CSR: An Honest Bureaucrat At Work

Once a bureaucrat proves that they are credible, nobody dares to threaten them directly. This is the experience of a brave IAS officer Dr Renu Raj in the state of Kerala.Dr Raj who scored All India Rank 2 in 2014 batch of the UPSC civil services exam in her first attempt, received her first independent posting at Thrissur in the state of Kerala. She worked her way up to become a sub-collector of Thrissur by honest hard work.In Thrissur, she worked tremendously for the welfare of senior citizens, a segment of the population in the state that is double that of the national average. She encountered about 35-40 cases each month, of children abandoning their parents at old age homes, hospitals or temples. And while the Senior Citizen Maintenance Act of 2008 is existent in all states, compliance was an issue.In order to deal with the issue, the IAS officer created a group of ten conciliation officers. These were people from different walks of life, like retired government officers and educationists, who volunteered to mediate between broken families, convincing children to take their parents home.To ensure that the grievances of the senior citizens were addressed, the Collectorate also started a different room with conciliation officers on the ground floor, since the building had no elevators. This was to accommodate the elderly who would find it difficult to climb the stairs.When she received the information that an unlicensed old age home in Thrissur city was extorting money from the elderly to the tune of Rs 20,000 per month and non-refundable deposits to the tune of Rs 2.5-3 lakh without any receipts, she led a raid on the home.During the raid, she found out that these elderly people were bedridden and suffering from dementia and similar conditions. They were not even given proper food let alone appropriate care. During the raid, her team found one male and two females, two of whom did not have any documents. They rescued them and sealed the home. The elderly were then sent to a government-run facility.The team then managed to track down the children of these senior citizens and managed to convince them to take their parents home under proper care.It was also under her tenure that a mega medical camp in collaboration with Amruta Hospitals was conducted, which saw a footfall of 2,000 senior citizens; treatment was given on the spot, and 250 free surgeries were conducted later.The illegal quarry raid in December 2017 also brought her to the public limelight. From raiding illegal old age homes to quarries owned by powerful men, in three years of being in service, the IAS officer Dr Renu Raj has often made the headlines for all the right reasons. She is indeed an inspiration for the millennials of today.Source:https://thecsrjournal.in/csr-an-honest-bureaucrat-at-work/
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This 7-YO Ludhiana Boy is Waging War Against Single-Use Plastic & Winning It Too!

At first sight, Aayaan Aggarwal would pass off as any other happy-go-lucky child, for whom the world is a curious place that has many wonderful mysteries and things to offer.But the 7-year-old from Ludhiana has been actively spearheading an anti-plastic crusade across the city during a time when the harmful effects of the toxic non-biodegradable material has already begun to show scary implications for our environment.A student of Class 2 at Sat Pal Mittal School, Aayaan had always nursed an inclination towards science and is endlessly curious about the world around him—a trait that his parents, Karan and Neha Aggarwal, have encouraged.It was a trip to the United States during Aayaan’s school vacation this year, that opened the little science enthusiast’s eyes to the real world problem of plastic and how it was penetrating seas and oceans and killing marine biodiversity—an area that particularly was close to his heart.“During the trip, Aayaan saw a picture of a dead whale being flashed on a news channel that had died owing to ingesting different plastic components that remained in its stomach. Given the love he has for marine sciences, the incident left a long-lasting impact on our son, and he understood about the ill-effects that plastic has on all life forms and on our planet—the only one that has life,” says Neha to The Better India.Starting from that moment, Aayaan decided that he was going to champion against plastic, and single-use plastics in particular, and wanted to begin with himself and his family.While they were in the US, he observed and learnt about the importance of waste segregation and the colour coded system practised there. Once they returned to Ludhiana, Aayaan asked his mother to quit using plastic bags and refuse to accept them from departmental stores and restaurants as well.“It is quite rare to see a child as young as Aayaan to have so much conviction for something he truly believes in. While neither of us had considered the thought previously, he managed to convince us as well. He was so firm about his anti-plastic resolution that he refused to take a plastic tiffin-box or water bottle to school, and even containers with plastic lining were a strict no-no!” she says.Once the school started, Aayaan decided to take his crusade against plastic even further and approached his class teacher to set up an appointment with the principal.It took some time for the meeting to take place, but when it did happen, the principal was impressed by his persistence and ideas.“He explained how plastic was posing a serious threat to the environment and that as a school, they should completely ban it across the school premises. Ma’am was not only impressed by his conviction to the cause but also decided to actually implement the no-plastic rule in campus, starting with banning plastic tiffin-boxes or water bottles. In fact, Aayaan was also given the opportunity to speak during the morning assembly where he shared his ideas with the entire school,” Neha proudly says.And this proved to trigger a chain reaction, for Aayaan now decided to reach out to restaurants in the city and request them to stop serving soft drinks with plastic straws.He even gave them placards that they can place over the tabletops to raise awareness amidst the customers.Aayaan at Flame Bois, one of the restaurants who stopped serving plastic straws to its customers after his intervention. Courtesy: Neha Aggarwal.“Till now, he has been able to reach out to Small World Cafe, Cake square, Kuchh Bhi, Flame Bois, Just Baked Cafe, Belfrance and Hot Breads. He has convinced them to give straws to customers only on request and placed placards on each table to sensitise the diners too. He continues to sensitise people around him whenever he gets a chance,” says Neha.The young champ hasn’t stopped there. Together with his father, he has flagged off a website, Anti-Plastic Crew, in June that discusses the hazards of plastic through the eyes of the 7-year-old. “Everything in the website contains only things that Aayaan has come across and talks about in public,” she adds.While the fact that school has reopened, makes it difficult for Aayaan to go about raising awareness, the family of three still finds the time to visit at least one new restaurant every week, to try to convince them to stop using plastic straws. “His greater aim, however, is to include plastic bags as well in his crusade,” Neha states.His persistent efforts to ban plastic even earned the young boy a chance to speak in front of over 100 entrepreneurs from across India in Delhi and even here, he urged them all to limit plastic usage in their lives.But nothing beats the meeting that Aayaan had with Avinash Rai Khanna, the vice president of Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP). “Mr Khanna was so impressed by Aayaan’s vision, and ideas that he wrote an official letter addressed to Prime Minister Modi about Aayaan acknowledging his efforts,” a beaming Neha adds.In a time where even adults remain indifferent to their indiscriminate plastic trail, Aayaan’s sensitivity towards the planet and conscious efforts to cut out plastic showcase a great environment crusader in the making. The role of his parents in this crusade must also be appreciated, for it is familial support and encouragement that makes children confident enough to face the world.We salute Aayaan and his parents for their selfless participation to cut down plastic usage and hope that more people begin to consciously make changes to their lifestyles for the sake of our planet, which like Aayaan says, is the only one that we know which harbours life!You can check Aayaan’s website, Anti Plastic Crew, here.Source: https://www.thebetterindia.com/151028/news-aayaan-aggarwal-anti-plastic-crusader-ludhiana/
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जिस IAS की मोदी ने की तारीफ, खुद साफ करते हैं शौचालय

प्रधानमंत्री नरेंद्र मोदी ने चंपारण सत्याग्रह के शताब्दी समारोह के समापन कार्यक्रम में एक रिटार्यड आईएएस ऑफिसर की जमकर तारीफ की. इस आईएएस अफसर का नाम है परमेश्वर जी. अय्यर. मोदी ने कहा कि अय्यर खुद शौचालय साफ करते हैं और वे अमेरिका से नौकरी छोड़कर आए हैं. असल में अय्यर ने स्वच्छ भारत मिशन को हेड करने के लिए अमेरिका में अपनी नौकरी छोड़ दी थी. वे 1981 बैच के उत्तर प्रदेश कैडर के अफसर रहे हैं. उन्होंने 7 साल पहले ऐच्छिक रिटायरमेंट ले लिया था. उन्होंने वर्ल्ड बैंक के स्वच्छता अभियान में काम किया. मोदी उनके काम से इतने खुश हैं कि जब उन्होंने स्टेज पर अय्यर को नहीं पाया तो उन्होंने भीड़ में अफसर की ओर कैमरा करने को कहा. अय्यर को पानी आपूर्ति और सेनिटेशन सेक्टर में 20 साल से अधिक काम करने का अनुभव है. उन्हें जल सूरज प्रोग्राम के लिए जाना जाता है.बता दें कि अय्यर भारत सरकार के स्वच्छ भारत अभियान को सफल बनाने के लिए काम कर रहे हैं. सरकार ने उन्हें पेयजल और स्वच्छता मंत्रालय में सचिव के तौर पर अमेरिका से वापस बुलाया था.अय्यर सोशल मीडिया पर भी एक्टिव रहते हैं और स्वच्छता अभियान से जुड़े अपडेट लगातार करते हैं. Source: https://aajtak.intoday.in/gallery/modi-praises-parameswaran-iyer-ias-officer-left-us-job-head-swachch-bharat-tkha-2-20665.html
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