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19-Year-Old Became Chief Minister For A Day On National Girl Child Day

. 3 min read . Written by Sanjana Bhagwat
19-Year-Old Became Chief Minister For A Day On National Girl Child Day

19-year-old Srishti Goswami was the symbolic Chief Minister of Uttarakhand for a day, as part of an initiative taken to mark National Girl Child Day!

Despite all offices being closed on the day, due to it being a Sunday, government officials and police personnel gathered at the Uttarakhand Vidhan Sabha building to invite and support Srishti.

The 19-Year-Old Reviewed The Workings Of Several Departments As Chief Minister

Srishti Goswami is a student of Agriculture Science from Daulatpur village in the Haridwar district. Her father runs a grocery store and her mother is an Anganwadi worker. A zealous learner and leader, Goswami had been elected as Chief Minister for three years in the Bal Vidhan Sabha. This led to her being given the opportunity to being the Chief Minister of Uttarakhand for a day.

During her tenure as Chief Minister, the 19-year-old reviewed the work of several departments. Each department came to her with detailed presentations, and Goswami responded with criticisms and potential solutions from a much-needed fresh and youthful perspective.

She urged officials to ensure the safety of women in public transport. Women’s privacy and safety should be given attention during natural disasters, she pointed out. She also brought the officials’ attention to ensuring the prevention of child abuse.

After reviewing a presentation on crime records, she proposed prohibiting the sale of drugs within a 500 meter radius of schools. 

She praised progressive work being undertaken, like the building of the country’s longest motorable single-lane bridge – Dobra Chanti bridge across Tehri lake. At the same time, she reminded officials of the numerous dilapidated bridges across the state. She emphasized on the need to renovate them at the earliest.

All of her recommendations will be forwarded to the government for consideration.

Goswami Was Made CM As An Initiative To Spread An Empowering Message On National Girl Child Day

Usha Negi, chairperson of the State Commission for Protection of Child Rights, proposed the initiative to mark National Girl Child Day. She said the intention was to empower young women and encourage girls to work towards leadership roles. She says they got the inspiration from the movie Nayak, where Anil Kapoor becomes CM for a day.

“Anil Kapoor did such a role in Nayak. So we thought Uttarakhand can present it in the form of a ‘nayika’ to send a message of girl empowerment by making a child who is already CM of Bal Vidhan Sabha the CM for a day. The review meetings were aimed at developing administrative quality,” she said.

Goswami is ecstatic to have been able to live out this cinematic dream. “That was cinema…this is real. You can guess the excitement. I am thankful to CM (Trivendra Singh Rawat) and the Commission for providing me this golden opportunity,” she said.

She is intent on becoming the “real CM” one day. Goswami says that if that dream comes true, she would work to address issues related to children, on priority.

We have no doubt that we will be seeing Goswami, and other young women like her, in leadership positions very soon! 

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