Defence minister Rajnath Singh applauds Karnataka girl who stitched masks for jawans | Bengaluru News

by karwar

MANGALURU: A Class 8 student’s concern for army jawans has won the appreciation of defence minister Rajnath Singh. Ishita Achar, a student of Madhava Kripa School, had stitched and sent 300 facemasks for jawans and on Thursday, she and her family in Udupi were surprised and excited when they received a letter of appreciation from the minister.
In the letter dated September 16, addressed to Ishita’s mother Nandita Achar, Singh appreciated Ishita’s sentiments for army personnel and her awareness of Covid-19 safety measures.
An excited Nandita told TOI, “We did not expect the defence minister to acknowledge my daughter’s effort.”
Ishita had stitched the masks during the lockdown in response to a call from Bharat Scouts and Guides state chief commissioner PGR Sindhia to students to make a mask bank.
“We watched videos online, and after trial and error, got the technique right,” Nandita said. “Most of the masks stitched by Scouts and Guides were handed over to the education department for SSLC students. Since there was adequate stock, I was wondering what to do with the masks that Ishita had stitched and was keen on handing it over to NGOs.
“A friend suggested I send it to jawans. About a month ago, I reached out to the deputy commissioner’s office to check if the courier could be sent through them. I was told that I could send it directly. I found the address of the defence minister and couriered the parcel about a month ago.”
Ishita said she stitched about five masks every day. “I am happy that jawans will use our masks,” she said.
Ishita actively participates in Bharat Scouts and Guides’ Sankalp project, where children have to engage themselves in tasks related to the pandemic. Her father Girish S Achar is a civil engineer in Qatar.

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