This is about the senior IAS officer, Parameswaran Iyer who is also the secretary to the Union Ministry of drinking water and sanitation.
He set an example to all other officers and even lay men when he entered inside the toilet pit in a Telangana village and removed the fecal matter with his own hands with other bureaucrats staring in awe.
SourceThe villagers were amused and over awed to see a top-ranking official inside the toilet pit cleaning the fecal matter with his own hands, without wearing any gloves. (It’s a rare or not to be seen sight , right)
Iyer’s unusual and laudable feat caught Narendra Modi’s attention and the PM acknowledged his action in a recent ‘Mann Ki Baat’ programme.
He also acknowledged his effort through this tweet:
This toilet pit emptying exercise undertaken by the Drinking Water & Sanitation Ministry is remarkable! https://t.co/rSX6GEyvhQ
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) February 26, 2017
Iyer had accompanied other senior bureaucrats to analyse the concept of twin-pit toilet technology which converts human excreta into manure in a short time.
— Param Iyer (@paramiyer_) February 18, 2017
Prashant Jeevan Patil, Warangal’s (rural) joint collector told Hindustan Times, “While explaining this technology, Iyer suddenly wanted to know how the first pit is emptied. He removed the lid of the pit, got into it and started lifting the dried up faecal matter, which had turned into a manure, using a shovel.”
Iyer’s efforts caught many people’s attention and people lauded him for his efforts and most importantly, for setting an example that would inspire many people and top-notch officials.
Chikbuk Saultes Iyer’s efforts for removing the stigma around the concept of manual scavenging. In a nation which considers these actions to be solely reserved for lower-caste people, Iyer’s actions will nudge us to ponder upon such notions. Perhaps, other officials would take a cue from him and follow suit to construct a nation which is devoid of such nonsensical stigmas.
It is such steps that makes us believe change is possible in India and we can be a better nation.
H/T: Hindustan Times