Union Textile Minister Smriti Irani today paid Rs 100 to a cobbler in Coimbatore for getting her slippers repaired.
Interestingly, the cobbler had demanded only Rs 10 as his remuneration but Smriti Irani gave him a note of Rs 100 denomination saying he need not return the change.
The happy cobbler put in additional stitches on her slipper with the incident going viral on the social media.
The Union Textile Minister’s slipper strap had snapped as she alighted from a flight to address a session at Isha Foundation in the city.
She was looking for a cobbler and found one near Perur, around 16 kms from the airport, on her way to Isha Foundation.
Irani, along with Tamil Nadu BJP general secretary Vanathi Srinivasan, got off the vehicle. She handed over the slipper to the cobbler and sat on a stool.
The cobbler asked for Rs 10 for the stitching job. Irani placed a Rs 100 currency note near his cash box and said, "Change venda (change not needed)," repeating what Vanathi told her.
The cobbler put in a few additional stitches on the Union ministers slipper.
The incident has gone viral on the social media with the netizens appreciating Irani’s gesture.
(With PTI inputs)