Pune Girl Gets Modi To Deliver On ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’

Vaishali Yadav, a poor, six-year-old Pune girl required heart surgery and she wrote a letter to the Prime Minister.

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Written in Marathi, a six-year-old Pune girl appealed for help in financing her heart surgery that her family could ill-afford. The girl now thanks Prime Minister Narendra Modi for timely aid.

Modi Sarkar mala madat pahije,” wrote Vaishali Yadav in a letter to the Prime Minister. The girl from Hadapsar had a hole in her heart. Her family was too poor to afford the surgery. Five days after posting the letter, Modi answered.

Vaishali’s surgery at Pune’s state-of-the-art heart hospital called Ruby Hall Clinic was free-of-cost.

It so happened that a letter from the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) had prompted the district collector to convene a meeting with representatives from all Pune hospitals.

Vaishali, who studies at Pradnya Shishu Vihar school in Phursungi, belongs to the below poverty line (BPL) category and couldn’t afford to get her operation done in any Pune hospital.

She also lacked BPL documents, which prevented her from availing of any BPL health scheme of the government. She resides with her uncle, Pratap Yadav, a small time painter, who even had to sell the girl’s only toy, a cycle, for a mere Rs 90 so that he can buy her medicines.

So, she decided to write a letter directly to the PM.

I saw my kaka sitting sadly after being rejected by many hospitals. Just then, Modi appeared on the television screen. I brought out a pen and paper and said I want to write to the PM about my condition, so that my operation can be done for free. And, surprisingly, my kaka agreed. I tore a page from my notebook and wrote everything to Modi, right from my heart condition to being extremely poor.
Vaishali Jadhav, Patient

Video Editor: Mohd Ibrahim

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