Kottayam: NS Rajappan’s work got his due recognition on Sunday when Prime Minister Narendra Modi reiterated his commitment to cleanliness in his “Mann Ki Baat” program.
Just a few days ago, United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) chief Eric Solheim shared a short video on paralysis-stricken NS Rajappan collecting plastic waste from the scenic Vembanad lake in Kerala despite his disability and said he was famous should go. And Rajappan got recognition when Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his “Mann Ki Baat” program on Sunday said his commitment to cleanliness, that everyone should emulate him and contribute wherever possible. Sitting in his small country boat in the lake at Kumarakom here, the elder said he was “very happy” as the Prime Minister himself acknowledged his efforts.
Solheim, in a tweet on 14 January, praised Rajappan’s stunning efforts to clean backpackers, whose beauty attracts tourists from all over the world.
“There is an elderly Divyang, N.S. Rajappan Saheb in Kottayam, Kerala. Due to paralysis, Rajappan is unable to walk, but this has not affected his commitment to cleanliness,” the Prime Minister said. Noting that for the past several years, Rajappan has been landing his boat in Vembanad lake and taking out the plastic bottles thrown into the body of water, Modi said, “Think, what a great idea Rajpanjij is!”