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300 visitors throng to Noor Jahan's house after PM Modi mentions her in his `Man ki Baat' broadcast on Sunday
Sunday afternoon brought a surprise for 70-year old Noor Jahan, a women who earns her livelihood by renting out solar powered lanterns to villagers, when PM Modi in his `Mann ki Baat' broadcast on All India Radio on Sunday afternoon mentioned her name and about her contributions while speaking about the issue of climate change.

Within minutes after the PM had finished his broadcast the media and BJP discovered Noor Jahan by locating her in her kuchcha thatched roof house at the Bairi Shobhan village in Kanpur district of Uttar Pradesh.

Her son, Ishaq Ali said that it was the first time that the village pradhan Siya Ram had visited their house, let alone VIPs. The total count of visitors to Noor Jahan's house had touched 300 by the evening.

PM Modi praised Noor Jahan for using solar energy for recharging lanterns and renting them out to villagers of five villages. Hailing her, the Prime Minister said, "She is working as per the meaning of her name - `giving light to the world'. Her work can be an inspiration to all those who want to fight climate change,"

Amongst the first to visit Noor Jahan was BJP Mahanagar president Surendra Maithani, he felicitated Noor Jahan by presenting her with a table clock with a cut-out of Modi, a shawl and a garland. He also promised her "financial help" from the centre. Noor Jahan said that she was "delighted" that her name had been mentioned by the Prime Minister.

Noor Jahan who is an illiterate lives with her five sons, four daughter-in-laws and eight grandchildren. After her husband died 25 years back, she started to work as a laborer, earning Rs 10 a day to feed her children. Around three years back, a social organization provided her solar panels and recharging equipment. She now owns 50 solar lanterns, of which 40 are rented out everyday to villagers at a cheap price of Rs 3.3 per day or Rs 100 a month.

Her customers come from five nearby villages where electricity is available only for three to four hours a day. "People take lanterns so that their children have light to study at night," she said.

Noor Jahan said, "If the Central government comes forward to help me, I will expand my work and install more solar panels. I would also train other villagers – both men and women – to adopt similar profession."

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