Modi cites Mubarakpur's Ramadan initiative

Modi cites Mubarakpur


Modi cites Mubarakpur's Ramadan initiative


New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today shared the inspiring story of a small cluster of a Muslim-dominated village in Uttar Pradesh whose residents refused Government assistance to build a toilet for themselves. Narrating the incident during his monthly 'Mann Ki Baat' broadcast on All India Radio, Mr Modi said about 3,500 Muslim residents living in Mubarakpur village in Bijnore of UP decided to build a toilet this Ramadan with their own hard efforts. Though the Government funds of Rs 17-lakh were available for building the toilet, he told listeners that they would be pleasantly surprised to know that in this holy month of Ramadan, all the Muslim brethren returned the amount to the Government. 'They said, we will build our toilets with our hard work and our money.' Expressing joy at the initiative which also helped support the Government, Mr Modi said, 'I congratulate the villagers of Mubarakpur for turning this sacred opportunity of Ramadan into a better opportunity for society." Thanking citizens for their support towards Open Defecation Free (ODF) environment, he congratulated the villagers of Vijayanagaram district of Andhra Pradesh for constructing 10,000 toilets in 100 hours in collaboration with the administration in March this year. Referring to this incident in his monthly programme, Mr Modi said that in Vijayanagaram district, the administration took part in ten gram panchayats in 100 hours from 10 am on March 10 to 10 pm. Ten thousand domestic toilets were taken up and this work was completed in time and 71 villages of the district became free from defecation in the open, he informed. Citing them as an example, the Prime Minister congratulated the people of Vijayanagaram district and the Government officials. He said, "You have presented a great motivational example while working hard.' He also noted that besides Sikkim, Kerala and Himachal Pradesh, two more states -- Haryana and Uttarakhand -- had joined their ranks and become open defecation free.

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