Marking the National Girl Child Day today, a 20-year-old student from Haridwar, Shrishti Goswami, has been made the chief minister (CM) of Uttarakhand for one day, in a rare instance of real-life copying a movie - Anil Kapoor starrer Nayak.
Goswami, while holding the position of the state’s head for just one day will review various ongoing government-run development programmes.
She is a resident of Daulatpur village and enrolled as a student of Bachelor of Science in agriculture at a Roorkee-based institution.
She was chosen for the honour after she was elected chief minister in a mock ‘Bal Vidhan Sabha’ (Children’s State Assembly) in a symbolic event organized by the state commission, in the year 2018, for protection of child rights and to help the children understand the democratic system.
“I wholeheartedly thank CM Trivendra Singh Rawat for allowing me to become CM of Uttarakhand for one day. On January 24, the National Girl Child Day, officials from various departments will make five-minute-long presentation before me. I will give them suggestions, particularly on the issues related to girl-child safety,” said Goswami.
Goswami idolises Mother Teresa and Haridwar-based team India hockey player Vandana Kataria. She said she would also want to give her inputs to the government on the agriculture sector, which supports the livelihood of more than 65% of the state’s population.
Usha Negi, chairperson of the child rights body said during the day, a three-hour session of a mock children's assembly will also be held in the state assembly in Dehradun.
"It will be held from 12 noon till 3 pm, during which, officials of at least 12 departments including PWD, education, women and child development, tourism and others will give a presentation before Goswami, who will also review the various development programmes of the state," she said.
Both Goswami and her parents- father Pravin Goswami, a trader and mother Sudha Goswami, a housewife- have expressed happiness and gratitude on the honour and said it will send the message that girls are no less than boys and can achieve anything they want.
"We are extremely proud of our daughter’s achievement. It will send a message to all the parents to never hold back their daughters and support them fully to pursue their dreams," her parents said.
With a nod from the incumbent chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat, Goswami’s ascension to the CM’s post is symbolic.
Darshan Singh Rawat, the media coordinator of CM Trivendra Singh Rawat, said, "The move will inspire the girls of the state and the country to dream big and never feel inferior to boys. They are equal to boys and can achieve their dreams with hard work and determination."
For the first time in the history of Uttarakhand, a girl will become the state’s chief minister, even if it is symbolic and just for a day.