A top Indian sociologist and social worker has claimed that a village in Mewat in Rajasthan region will be named after US President Donald Trump. At a community event organised in the suburbs of Washington DC, Sulabh International founder and chief Bindeshwar Pathak said: “I announce to name one village in India as Trump Village,” adding that the move is part of his effort to enhance India-US relationship.
As soon as he made the statement, the state government quickly ruled out any such plans with officials claiming that there is no such proposal with the government to rename any village after the name of the US president.
“It is the government which renames a village and there are laid down procedures for that. As of now, there is no such proposal with the department to name a village after the US President. I have nothing to comment on what Mr Pathak has said,” Rajasthan government’s principal secretary of the revenue department, Alok told PTI in Jaipur.
Even Alwar District Collector Rajan Vishal said that they had not got any such proposal. “The competence of renaming a village lies with the government and no private man can do that. We have no such proposal or request in this regard,” District Collector Vishal said.
Urging the Indian-American community to put in efforts towards the goal of sanitation and cleanliness in India, Pathak said that he is working to provide affordable sanitation and toilets to the masses and end the practice of manual scavenging.
Giving a presentation to the local community and political leaders in the US, he said that the cost of one toilet ranges from $25 to $500.
Along with Pathak, Republican leader from Virginia, Ed Gillespie, and other local politicians explored the option of adopting the technology of Sulabh International in Virginia and Maryland. Ed Gillespie, who is running for Virginia Governor, spoke of the role that the Indian-American community plays in the US. He also added that the US and India have a very strong relationship.
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