It was not long back when the 87 year old Rakkhi Devi from Badali village of Udhampur made news. She was in news for constructing a toilet for her family with her own hands since she lacked both money and resources.
Thankfully, her efforts have gone neither waste nor unrewarded. On recognising her swachh efforts, Deputy Commissioner, Udhampur, Ravinder Kumar has felicitated her as a Swachh mascot for the state and handed over Rs. 12,000 to the octogenarian for constructing a concrete toilet on her own.
Commending the spirits of Rakkhi Devi, the DC says,
“It is time for people to change their traditional mind set about building a toilet. I was surprised to know that an 87-year-old woman built the toilet herself without any help. I salute this spirit. I urge everyone to come forward and contribute their bit in keeping the village clean and green. What Rakkhi Devi has done is an incredible thing; she is an inspiration for all of us. Collective efforts by each one of us can help in making all the villages ODF in India”