Campaigner for ‘beggar-free India’ reaches Tawang

Campaigner for ‘beggar-free India’ reaches Tawang

TAWANG, Aug 9: On his trail towards ‘beggar-free India’ campaign, 29-year-old Ashish Sharma is out on a 17,000km foot march from Jammu as part of ‘Unmukt India’ project.

Sharma, who reached Tawang on Tuesday, met the district’s DC and SP at the former’s office here, where they congratulated him and wished him luck.

Sharma, hailing from Delhi is a mechanical engineer by profession.

Deeply touched by the pathetic conditions of young children who resort to begging, Sharma has embarked on the 17,000km foot march to highlight the plight of child beggars. He feels that the Govt-run welfare schemes are not reaching those who actually deserved them because of lack of awareness and hence, the decision to embark on the countrywide foot march to create awareness among the masses.

He started his journey from Jammu on August 22, 2017.

He said he travelled around 30 to 40 km a day and met thousands of people to make them aware of the welfare schemes that could change an individual’s life. So far, he has covered around 8277 km in 16 states.

He programmed a mobile application named ‘Duayen’ in which he has connected schools, hospitals, police stations, administrative officials and other Govt establishments. “The application is in the testing phase. I am planning to launch the application, the day when I will be celebrating ‘Unmukt Diwas’.

The mobile app can be of great use in identifying the lost kids and child beggars, helping them reach their homes,” he said.

He will stay put in North East for 49 days before leaving for West Bengal. (DIPRO)

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