AGARTALA: Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his monthly radio programme "Mann Ki Baat" on Sunday praised Gautam Das, a vegetable vendor, for providing rice and pulses to the poor by using his his meagre daily earnings. Das, who earns living by selling vegetables on push-cart in areas on the outskirts of Agartala, capital of Tripura, had provided food to the poor to survive the COVID-19-induced lockdown.
Soon after the Prime Minister talked about the Tripura man in his radio programme, Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb felicitated Das.
"Happy to meet Gautam Das, a cart-puller from Tripura who has spent his savings to serve people during the lockdown. In today's 'Man ki Baat' programme PM Narendra Modiji also appreciated his efforts. He is an inspiration to many, our government will always support him," the Tripura Chief Minister tweeted.
The State government would financially help the family of Das, the Chief Minister said later. The government had identified 12,000 vendors to be given Rs 1,000 each from the CM Relief Fund. (IANS)