Issues related to women safety and children should be the priority of all governments, said Shrishti Goswami who was made Uttarakhand’s Chief Minister for a day on Sunday to mark the National Girl Child day. Shrishti, 20, who has made her recommendations to the state government on a range of issues, says though women’s safety situation has certainly improved over the years, a lot still needs to be done.
“After all we are still talking about women’s safety. That means the sense of insecurity among women persists and we must address it further to improve the situation,” said a beaming Shrishti who was full of excitement after chairing a session with members of Children’s Assembly as the one-day CM. “I have made some important suggestions to the state government on women safety, children’s issues and the problem of migration from the hill areas which will be submitted to the Chief Minister through Uttarakhand Commission for Protection of Child Rights,” she said.
After a detailed presentation on crime records by DIG, Law and Order, Nilesh Anand Bharney, Goswami asked him to ensure the safety of women in public transport and prohibition on the sale of drugs in a 500-m radius of schools.
The student of Agriculture Science was the symbolic Chief Minister of Uttarakhand for a day. The initiative was taken by Uttarakhand State Commission for Protection of Child Rights to mark the National Girl Child Day. Officials said they took the cue from Bollywood movie Nayak in which the protagonist, played by actor Anil Kapoor, became CM for a day.
During the review meeting, Goswami asked officials to prevent child abuse and ensure that privacy of women is maintained after natural disasters at any place.
Responding to the presentation on the country’s longest motorable single-lane bridge, Dobra Chanti bridge across Tehri lake, she asked officials to renovate dilapidated bridges across the state. The recommendations she made will be forwarded to the government for consideration, officials said.
Goswami belongs to Daulatpur village in Haridwar district where her father runs a grocery shop and her mother is an Anganwadi worker. She was chosen to be CM for a day as she was elected Chief Minister for three years in Bal Vidhan Sabha in 2018.
Higher Education Minister Dhan Singh Rawat welcomed Goswami on her arrival to the Vidhan Sabha and also attended the review meeting as a representative of Chief Minister Rawat, who was in Haridwar to inspect arrangements for Kumbh Mela.
“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.”
The State Commission for Protection of Child Rights in 2014, along with an NGO and a social organisation, started Bal Vidhan Sabha to help children understand governance and democratic processes. Students apply to be selected as legislators. After interviews, the commission selects one legislator from each of the 70 constituencies and those selected vote to elect a CM, ministers and a Leader of Opposition from among themselves for three years. Meetings of Bal Vidhan Sabha are held on issues related to children and the recommendations are sent to the state government.
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