Before Yogi Adityanath’s visit, Dalit villagers got shampoo, soap to ‘clean themselves’

The village, mainly consisting of thatched huts, saw a lot of activity in the week leading to Adityanath’s visit.

Written by RAMENDRA SINGH | Kushinagar | Published:May 28, 2017 3:38 am
Two bars of soap, Lifebuoy and Ghari, were distributed in Mainpur Deenapatti village. Vishal Srivastav

A DAY before Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s visit on Thursday, the 100-odd Musahar Dalit families of Mainpur Deenapatti village in Kushinagar district received two bars of soap, ‘Lifebuoy’ and ‘Ghari’, a sachet of shampoo, and instructions to “clean themselves” before attending the public meeting. “I got the soaps from the Anganwadi women. I didn’t get the shampoo, but others did. I was told to take a bath with the soap before going for the meeting. We already use soap which we buy from the local shop. What’s going to change with just two bars of soap,” said Keshri, a villager in her sixties.

The village, mainly consisting of thatched huts, saw a lot of activity in the week leading to Adityanath’s visit. Villagers pointed out the new pavement made of cement and bricks, about a dozen freshly-dug pits for construction of toilets, repaired handpumps and posters of Swachh Bharat Mission.

“About two years ago, the area was in the grip of cholera. The handpumps were installed then, after a visit by the district magistrate. Many people don’t bathe for two or three days. We are trying to change that, but not much can be done when we live in such poverty. We are all labourers, we don’t have enough land to construct a house. Many children still don’t get adequate nutrition. Yogi Baba ke aane se fark padega (Yogi’s visit will make a difference),” said Dharmendra Prasad, a school dropout who works as a farm labourer.

Prasad said they had informed officials that most of the handpumps pump out water which is yellow and stinks. “Earlier, many children used to get Japanese Encephalitis. Many got tuberculosis. The situation has become slightly better in the last few years. Officials have assured us that they will do something. This is the first time that there is focus on our locality. We have also been given new ration cards to help us get wheat and rice,” he said.

Most of the huts are not more than 15X8 feet. Each family has about four to six children. “My husband works as a labourer in Chennai. I have to feed four children. I sometimes work as a labourer. If we earn Rs 50-60 in a day, we need to buy wheat and rice with that money,” said Durgawati. Her youngest child is six months old, while the oldest is an 11-year-old girl.

Dinesh, another villager, and his wife, Keshri Devi, have five children. “The hut leaks when it rains, and we have to seek shelter in the corners of the hut all night. We don’t have any money to buy a tarpaulin,” said Devi, adding, “the two bars of soap are not going to last forever.”

Dinesh said he and his children often suffer from diarrhoea. “It gets better when we take tablets, but then starts again,” he said. Meanwhile, Anganwadi worker Asha Kushwaha said she did not have any information on who distributed the bars of soap and shampoo. Pointing out that poverty is the primary concern, she said, “They earn so little. Their main worry is food.”

District Magistrate Andra Vamsi said the administration did not issue any orders in this regard. “But it was a programme organised to promote cleanliness. It included making villages open-defecation free and maintaining hygiene. All Anganwadi workers and ANMs (Auxiliary Nurse Midwife) were given instructions to promote cleanliness, which is crucial to stop diseases like kala azar. So, whoever distributed the soaps has to be appreciated,” he said.

Village pradhan Bhagwat Yadav said he was not aware about the distribution of the bars of soap and shampoo. However, he said that in the past too, the Musahars, all landless labourers, have been given instructions about maintaining hygiene.

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  1. R
    May 29, 2017 at 11:30 pm
    SP BSP have becomes workless like congress they just cant take defeat ideal mind is devil workshop
    1. R
      Raja segaran
      May 29, 2017 at 5:39 pm
      "A DAY before Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s ...... ‘Lifebuoy’ and ‘Ghari’, a sachet of shampoo, and instructions to “clean themselves” before attending the public meeting". Uttar Prdesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath visited the 100-odd Musahar Dalit families of Mainpur Deenapatti village in Kushinagar district to tell THEM, "I AM YOUR SWAMY, YOU ARE SUPPOSE TO OBEY MY ORDERS & COME INTO MY ASHRAM AS BONDED LABORER FOR YOUR LIFE TIME". HE HAD FORGOTTEN TO SEND ATLEAST TEN TANKERS OF WATER ALONG WITH SOAPS & SHAMPOO. I, FEAR THAT, THE SANCTIONED TEN TANKERS OF WATER HAS BEEN FILLED IN SOME MINISTER'S SWIMMING POOLS. An inquiry commission has to established to inquire about the Expenses In-cured. I BELIEVE, Yogi Adityanath NEVER TAKES BATH LIKE THAT VILLAGERS. DIRTIEST CHIEF MINISTER IN THE HISTORY OF INDIA. "SHAME LESS CREATURE".
      1. M
        M. AHMAD
        May 29, 2017 at 12:11 pm
        1. S
          May 29, 2017 at 1:15 am
          While it should be commended that they were given bars of soap. What modi and yogi Bhakts are conveniently ignoring is this -> They were given explicit instructions to wash themselves before attending the public meeting . They are human beings not slaves or animals to be presented to their political masters.
          1. R
            May 28, 2017 at 11:06 pm
            My incredible country where politicians & army generals are dirty rich & poor are poorer than ever.
            1. H
              May 28, 2017 at 8:49 pm
              Funny when Sonia and her clown Prince enter the guts of farmers they never exposed that the people there were fake a tors pretending to be poor farmers!
              1. A
                Anjam Desi
                May 28, 2017 at 7:52 pm
                Continue to berate Yogi and he will do more for the people than SP, BJP or Congress. They got free soap. At least they didnt have to borrow money to feed the overfed pappu and his friends. Ration cards, vaccinations, gas cylinders - these simple necessities aer being fulfilled by Yogi govt. So who do you think will the people remember as having made a difference in their daily lives?
                1. H
                  May 28, 2017 at 9:30 pm
                  a man who snatches the basic human right from the lower caste people would not care for providing those simple necessities ,,, its not even a half year and he is showing his true colours ,,, what next ,,, imposition of manu smriti where every dalit and lower caste had to wear a bell and never come around the upper caste people ,,, that's the development model rss and vhp are looking for
                2. G
                  George Cruz
                  May 28, 2017 at 6:35 pm
                  In spite of the continued demonization by the media, the SP, and the BSP, the UP CM Yogi is more popular today than before. Yogi proved himself to be real champion of millions of the Dalits/Muslims by offering real help while the BSP and Mayawati or Yadav's have abandoned them falsely portraying as their champions. India needs more Yogi's across the country so that the downtrodden Dalits/Muslims back on their feet again. The UP needs more Sevaks from the patriotic organizations like the RSS, Hindutva because UP is large state.
                  1. D
                    desi pundit
                    May 28, 2017 at 7:07 pm
                    Sevaks-communal dirty wolf who are taking pain in pul themselves in sheep skin?
                    1. H
                      May 28, 2017 at 8:52 pm
                      Better than the looters serving a kleptocracy and its white widow waitress looter queen looting the country and making a rich nation poorer every year of their accursed lives in power!
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