#40 – The 21-year-old Sarpanch – Parveen Kaur

Parveen Kaur is only 21 years but, she has done more for her village than what most could only think.

Credit: Asianet

Kalrala panchayat in Haryana’s Kaithal district with a population of close to 1200 is quite ahead of big towns in many aspects, all thanks to Kaur, who became the Sarpanch or Decision Maker of the village at just 21.

Armed with a Bachelor’s in Technology (BTech) degree from Kurukshetra University, Kaur, like most of us, wanted to pursue a salaried job. And she did get through too.

However, at the request of the villagers, she left her high-paying job and fought for sarpanch elections.

Kaur’s persistence has helped make her town modern and competent in every aspect. From installing CCTV cameras for the safety and protection of young girls and women to placing water coolers at most places.

From struggling to getting an education to the setting up of a library, the village has come a long way. The students now not only speak Hindi, English but also Sanskrit at the village.

Kaur also inaugurated a primary school to help with the education of young children. She protested the “ghoonghat” custom in her village and owing to her efforts the girls now live freely.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had also recognized her efforts back in 2017 for making her village open defecation-free.

She says that the responsibility of being sarpanch at such a young age did make her nervous, but her will and determination to do good for her village and the support from her family made it happen. 

Source: https://www.indiatimes.com/news/india/parveen-kaur-engineer-haryana-village-sarpanch-at-21-522457.html

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