New Delhi: A retired government employee Chandrakant Kulkarni from Pune donated almost a third of his pension from June 2015 to Sept 2019 towards the Swachh Bharat fund.

Chandrakant presented 52 post-dated cheques worth Rs 2,60,000 to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday.

“I had heard PM Modi’s speech on Aug 15, 2015. He had said that 73% in our country don’t even have toilets, I felt really sad,” a report quoted Chandrakant as saying.

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He said he had firm belief in the prime minister and so decided to contribute his pension money towards the development of the country.

Expressing his gratitude towards Modi for meeting him, Chandrakant said he felt like an elder brother had called on him.

“I was shocked to see that a big personality like PM has come to meet a common man,” Kulkarni said.

Modi on Saturday visited an expo on Smart Cities, inaugurated a contest on ‘Make Your City Smart’ and a Smart Net Portal on the occasion at the Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex in Balewadi, on the outskirts of Pune.

He inaugurated 84 varied Smart City Projects for 20 selected Indian cities under the Smart Cities Mission.