Hailing from the village of Lahawarpora on the banks of Wular, Bilal Ahmad Dar lost his father in 2007. The tragedy forced him to give up his education and earn a living to support his mother and two sisters. With no other job options available, Bilal was forced to become a ragpicker. His morning started on his canoe navigating the vast expanse of the Wular Lake to pick up waste including polythene, plastic trash and floating carcasses. The young boy alone has cleaned UP around 12,000 kg waste annually from the lake. Moved by his efforts, the Jammu and Kashmir government has appointed him as the brand ambassador of Srinagar Municipal Corporation. He will now travel across the valley campaigning for cleanliness and for preserving the beauty of the valley.
His efforts, even got applauded by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in his 36th edition of his monthly radio programme Mann Ki Baat. PM Modi congratulated Bilal Ahmad Dar for his swachhta efforts.