A nine-year-old girl Sunday handed over her piggybank to Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis so that the money she had saved could be used for the welfare of drought-hit farmers.
Over the past three months, Rashika Joshi, a Class IV student of Nagpur’s Bhavan’s Bhagwandas Purohit Vidya Mandir school, had been saving her pocket money. On Sunday, she donated the entire saving to the Maharashtra chief minister’s drought relief fund.
Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, who personally received the contribution from Rashika, tweeted later saying he was “touched by Rashika’s gesture”.
Touched by the surprise contribution form Rasika Manohar Joshi. She donated her piggy bank for farmer’s welfare. pic.twitter.com/kQBZt2VJFl
— Devendra Fadnavis (@Dev_Fadnavis) September 20, 2015
The CM also posted a picture of him accepting the donation. “Farmers works very hard. We should help them,” said Rashika, adding that she would refill her piggybank to contribute more for the cause in future.
She said she handed over the entire piggybank to the CM, and that she did not know how much money was inside it.
Father Manoj Joshi, 40, a Nagpur Municipal Corporation employee, said his young daughter first spelt out her urge to donate money for farmers’ welfare after learning that actor Aamir Khan had donated Rs 11 lakh for the same cause. The actor had met Fadnavis in August for the contribution.
“She is a big fan of Aamir Khan. When she saw the actor’s picture with the CM while making the donation, she said she wanted to help too. She used to keep aside small amounts of money from whatever we used to give her as pocket money,” said Manoj.
Rashika said her piggybank savings were bolstered further by the collections she made for Pola, a local bull-worshipping festival celebrated in rural parts of the state.
The girl said she wanted to follow in the footsteps of her idol and pursue a career in acting. “I also want to help those in need,” she said.
Mother Rajeshri, 35, said Rashika chose “Help everyone” as the topic for her group discussion in school. Rashika said she had also discussed the idea of breaking her piggybank with five school friends. “Even they wish to help,” she said.
The youngster has a wish to meet her favourite actor in person one day.
With drought fears continuing to linger, tales of individuals doing their bit to help the distressed farmers are being reported from all over the state.