As we have recently read of a teenager, Shivansh who has chosen to serve in Indian Defence instead of settling in some well-paid jobs after joining IIT, here is the inspiring story of another youngster who’s fighting his share of the battle for India. Well, let us clear it up that Rohan holds no gun and wears no uniform. For he fights ‘garbage’. Yes, garbage. Garbage that we recklessly throw anywhere and everywhere.
This boy from Bran village, Manali subdivision of Kullu district reading in eighth grade, is all set to make his village the cleanest and even better, a village as organized as the European ones! “PM akele kya kya karenge. Desh ko saaf-suthra rakhna hai to hum ko bhi un ka sath dena hoga (What will PM do alone? We will have to help him in keeping the country neat and clean),” this little famous ‘dustbin boy’ has got his facts right that ‘sarkar akele desh nahi badal sakti’ (government can’t bring change in the country all alone).
He has not only placed dustbins across his village, consisting of 200 families, roads, junctions, playground but is also encouraging the reluctant public to use it wisely. If you wonder where did he arrange the money from, then here is his version as quoted by TOI – “I wanted to place dustbins everywhere in the village, but I had no money. Initially, nobody was helping me. Later, my father and a few friends encouraged me and we collected used cooking oil canisters from the village, cut them and fixed them like dustbins. Most people were still not using our dustbins, but we kept encouraging everybody to throw all types of garbage into these dustbins and now nobody litters in our village.”
His father, Harish Negi, an agriculturalist both appreciates and supports Rohan in his noble venture. He says, “Apart from studying, he keeps talking about dustbins, garbage, and its proper treatment. We are happy that every person in the village now encourages his efforts and follows his instructions.”
His efforts didn’t go fruitless as his panchayat got first prize for cleanliness in the subdivision. Along with a prize money of Rs. 1 lakh, additional 1 lakh has been sanctioned to buy proper dustbins in adequate number.
As the educated minds of metro cities failed to understand this and succumbed to the choking polluted air, a kid brought about a huge revolution and set an example worth following. Isn’t this story inspiring enough to make us through our emptied paper teacups in dustbins? That’s the least we can do!