Swachh Bharat’s green award for Koraput boy

Koraput: After Lalita Prasida Sripada Srisai, who shined in a global platform by winning community impact award in the finals of Google Science Fair in California yesterday, another boy from the district made Odisha proud by bagging the ‘OLX Ideathon -2015’ award, constituted under the Swachh Bharat Mission.

Jeswant Gembali, a native of Jeypore town received the award for floating his innovative idea in ‘My Country My Idea campaign’ contest for his eco-friendly idea of converting vegetable waste into manure.

The 16-year-old AIPMT aspirant was awarded a Kindle Tab by Sania Mirza in a function in Gurgaon on September 17.
“I floated the idea of recycling of vegetable waste into eco friendly manure. The idea struck me while I was moving in a vegetable market in Mahaveer nagar area in Kota,” Gembali said.

Gembali, who is currently taking coaching for AIPMT entrance exam in the city, said that his idea talked about how vegetable vendors can collect the waste from the market at the end of the sales, and convert them into manure.
This manure can in turn be sold by the vendors, thus providing them extra income, he said.

The little genius has also penned five books in English, apart from participating in various national level activities.

Around 30,000 students from class 8 to 12 from across the country sent their entries to the contest, with 550 ideas presented online by the students in Swatch Bharat website.

The jury comprised of noted film maker Sudhir Misra, environment expert Sunita Narain, OLX CEO Ervinpreet Singh Anand and tennis star Sania Mirza.

A jubilant Gembali also expressed joy over getting the award from his favourite sports star Sania Mirza.

“It was an amazing moment for me when Tennis star Sania Mirza appreciated my clean India Idea. She said that the idea can be a game changer,” the winner added.