Differently-abled N S Rajappan gets international recognition
Kumarakom: Paralysis-hit N S Rajappan, who was acclaimed by prime minister Narendra Modi for his commitment to cleanliness by way of collecting plastic waste from Kerala's scenic Vembanad Lake despite his disability, was honoured by the Taiwanese government. Rajappan was honoured by Taiwan’s The Supreme master Ching Hai International’s World Protection Award. He was awarded 10,000 US dollars (approximately Rs 7,30,081) and a citation.
Rajappan received the award and the cash amount has been credited to his bank account. Rajappan’s dream of owning a boat was also fulfilled by Kerala Scrap Merchants Association who offered a boat with engine. The Pravasi Malayalee Association offered help to the disabled Rajappan.
Rajappan’s work must be looked as a role model and by way of protecting the rivers, we are trying to save the earth itself, the citation states.
Mathrubhumi first reported the story of N S Rajappan, who sitting in his small country boat collects plastic bottles from Vembanad lake in Kerala. Prime minister Narendra Modi too in his Mann ki Baat programme hailed Rajappan’s efforts and said the elderly person makes us realise our responsibilities. PM also hailed his commitment to cleanliness.
Rajappan who crawls with his hands makes a living by collecting plastic bottles and other garbage from the lake. He has been doing it for the past 17 years.