- Even as the corporate sector has failed in its target of building toilets in schools across the country – one of the important announcements of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Independence Day speech last year – a 102-year-old woman in a remote village in Chhattisgarh is in the vanguard of a campaign to build toilets at home.
- Kuwarbai Yadav set an example by selling off her goats for Rs 22,000 for building a toilet. The frail figure was also seen moving door to door in Kotabharri village in Dhamtari district, motivating people to achieve open-defecation free zone.
- Dhamtari administration also joined in the efforts with collector Bhem Singh providing subsidy in toilet construction under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee scheme. By July, Kotabharri village was declared open-defecation free village.
- As this centenarian became a rallying point for the cause of sanitation, Kamar tribals who reside on nearby hills have also been inspired to construct toilets in homes.