Pune/ New Delhi, June 26: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday, June 26, addressed the nation through his popular radio programme Mann Ki Baat, in its 21st edition.
Among a number of issues, PM Modi highlighted the need of Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan (Clean India Campaign) and water conservation programme, during which he named a person Chandrakant Kulkarni and heaped showers of praises upon him. PM Modi called him a "real hero" and also saluted his spirit.
On Saturday, June 25, PM Modi met Kulkarni at his residence in Pune and personally thanked him for his endeavours to make India a clean country.
Kulkarni served as a government official, who retired in June 2015. Post retirement, he decided to get associated with Modi government's ambitious project of Swacch Bharat and hence he decided to give almost a third of his pension from June 2015 to Sept 2019 to Swachh Bharat Kosh. His monthly pension is Rs 16,000.
To make sure that he contributes in future too, he has already put his signature on 52 Post-Dated Cheques (PDCs)! The total amount of all these cheques is said to be Rs 2 lakh 60 thousand.
"Retired government employee Chandrakant Kulkarni gave me 52 post-cheques as donation for 'Swachh Bharat', he has set an example for us", PM Modi said.
Here are some Twitter reactions on Chandrakant Kulkarni:
Meeting Chandrakant Kulkarni was an absolute delight. People like him are true heroes of our nation. pic.twitter.com/nTmD8IL7aH— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) June 25, 2016
Salute Mr. Chandrakant Kulkarni https://t.co/ZpuDRDyvIe— Vijay Pari (@vijaypari7) June 25, 2016