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A must Read! An inspiring account of a poor farmer towards Swacch Bharat Mission!

We have some beggarly rich Indians who whine over not getting those 15 Lakh rupees PM Modi had promised, and then we have some big-hearted poor Indians whose richness of heart becomes an inspiration for all. Meet Nimendra Pal Singh, a small farmer from Uttar Pradesh, who donated his Farm Loan waiver amount of Rs 1 Lakh towards Swacch Bharat Abhiyan!

Nimendra Pal Singh Jadaun (Image courtesy- TOI)

Nimendra Pal Singh Jadaun, a small farmer owning a farm of 6 bigha land received the Farm Loan Waiver worth Rs 1 Lakh from the Government. In April 2017, Yogi Adityanath Government of UP had announced the Farmer Loan Waiver sanction worth Rs 36,359 Cr, the biggest Loan Waiver that any state had ever. The Loan waiver was to benefit around 86 Lakh small and marginal farmers of Uttar Pradesh. It also covered the loans of 7 lakh farmers which had turned into non-performing assets.CM Yogi Adityanath had fulfilled a poll promise by clearing the farm loan waiver in the very first cabinet meeting after the historical mandate in UP.

Coming back to the hero of our story, 55 year old Nimendra Pal Singh Jadaun is from a small village called Khitauli in Hathras District of Uttar Pradesh. Nimendra Pal has a good academic qualification of BA and B.Ed. Along with the farming at his small farm; he also serves as a teacher in a private school. He listens to PM Modi’s each and every ‘Mann ki Baat’ program on Akashwani Radio. His exceptional decision to donate his farm loan waiver amount for the Swacchata Mission was taken by him on September, 2017 after listening to the 36th episode of our PM Modi’s Mann ki Baat.

PM Modi always motivates 125 Cr Indians through his monthly discourse on Radio. During his speech, he applauds the actions/achievements/contributions of common people in different areas. On 24th September, 2017, he spoke about the mission close to his heart, Swacch Bharat Abhiyan. He called out to all fellow-Indians to join some of the other Swacchata Mission during the fortnight of Gandhi Jayanti as that would be the real tribute to him. He recalled about Chandrakant Kulkarni, a retired school teacher who donated Rs 5000 out of his total pension Rs 16000, by submitting 51 post-dated cheques of Rs 5000 each for Swacch Bharat Abhiyan.

PM Modi proudly spoke about an 18-year old youth named Bilal Dar from Srinagar, who has dedicated himself towards Clean India Movement since he was a 12 year old child. Day in day out, Bilal cleans the Asia’s biggest lake, the Dal Lake. He sails through his small boat constantly removing the polythene bags, disposable cans, bottles and all sorts of garbage. After losing his father at the tender age to cancer, Bilal started this service and even started making a living out of it. Every year, Bilal cleans approximately 12000 KG garbage from the Dal Lake. The Srinagar Municipal Corporation has awarded the young boy by making him a Swacchata Brand Ambassador and has given him a vehicle and uniform too.

Well, our Nimendra Pal was a way too inspired by this story and decided to follow the footsteps of Bilal by doing his bit towards Swacchata Mission. Not just him, PM Modi’s appeal for a fortnight of Clean Mission was met with the astounding response and enthusiasm. 75 Lakh Indians joined in more than 40000 initiatives to make India clean. But Nimendra Pal truly won the hearts of all Indians by his contribution through a great sacrifice. It is understandable if someone donates the surplus savings towards such selfless and patriotic missions. But sacrificing a golden chance of relief from the burden of loan is a really awe-inspiring.

The lower middle class farmer cum teacher, Nimendra Pal wants his money to be used for building toilets for those who can’t afford it. He believes that the elimination of open-defecation is the first step towards Clean India. Nimendra Pal is confident that he can pay off the loan by working hard along with his sons. He has already discussed the matter with the district magistrate and confirmed his wish to donate the loan waiver sum for the Swacchata Abhiyan. District Magistrate Amit Singh is helping Pal to complete all the formalities.

In today’s materialistic world where human beings are in constant struggle to maintain the cost of living and standard of living, Nimendra Pal’s self-sacrificing decision strikes us with awe and respect.


Jyothi Suparna Chincholi

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