Lottery seller sets the way by cleaning Civil Station loos
Palakkad: Time: 11 AM, Venue: Civil Station, an old man was busy cleaning the public toilets when an officer walked in. "Is this the time to clean toilets?", he asked, clear displeasure on his face. The old man looked up and replied softly, "I am not a staff member". Meet Krishnan, a 65 year-old lottery seller and the same man whom the officer found cleaning the toilet at the 'wrong' time.
Krishnan, who lives in the scheduled castes colony at Mambrapadam at Puzhakkalthara is showing the way to a hypocritic Malayalee society that seems to be at a loss about their public hygiene and waste management.
After ensuring the commodes sparkled clean he walked straight into the Lottery office. After collecting his share of lotteries for sale he walked to his scooter parked outside. The next stop is the Palakkad- Kollankode route where he has been selling lottery tickets for the last 20 years. It is from this revenue that he and his wife lives and buys the cleaning equipment for the public toilets.
The civil station toilets are not the only ones, Krishanan's services are available to other public convenience facilities like the Kollankode Block Office and the bus stops enroute. "The reward is satisfaction", says Krishnan.
Krishnan used to come to the Civil Station premises early morning to collect lottery tickets and used to avail the public toilets here. One morning he heard the comment that made him take the revolting route to hygiene, when he overheard an officer saying it was the lottery sellers who dirtied the toilets.
From then on he decided to clean the toilets himself. His wife Annalakshmi and children are in full support of his effort and Krishnan is only happy to be a role model.