True Diamond : Chhavi Rajawat - youngest Sarpanch ever


Leaving the city behind to administer her place of birth.

Ambition often results in people leaving their hometowns and seek out employment and better prospects in other metropolitan cities of the country. While many political parties have publicised this issue, overlooking the gaping urban-rural divide, there are some among us, who have decided to go against the tide, in order to genuinely do something about the issue. 

Meet Chhavi Rajawat, sarpanch of the Soda village, 60 kms away from the bustling metropolis of Jaipur in Rajasthan. Chhavi was born in Jaipur and completed her education from prestigious institutions including Mayo College and Balaji Institute of Modern Management (Pune). Following a stint working for reputed institutions like The Times of India, Carlson Group of Hotels and Airtel among others, she got into the administration of her village, when she was elected as the village’s youngest sarpanch ever.

Chhavi has brought about a novel style of administration to the traditional structure of the village panchayat, a traditionally non-partisan executive council. In her stint as the elected representative of her village, she has been working tirelessly for the upliftment of its citizens. She has since brought solar power, paved roads, clean water and even a bank to her once backward village.

In a noteworthy feat, a campaign that predates even the much feted Swacch Bharat Abhiyan, Chhavi had worked with the residents of her village to build toilets through community participation. She has also facilitated the construction of close to 40 proper ‘pukka’ roads, bringing a whole new level of connectivity to her constituency. Non-affiliation to a political party has also worked out in her favour, enabling her to make swifter, executive decisions and helping spur the belief of the people in her, in a notoriously patriarchal part of the country.

Chhavi has been recognised for her efforts with a felicitation by late President APJ. Abdul Kalam. Her efforts have also been lauded at the World Economic Forum and she has been called to speak at several national and international forums. In an interview with NDTV, she laid her views about social progress and development, “If India continues to make progress at the same pace as it has for the past 65 years since independence, it just won’t be good enough. We’ll be failing people who dream about having water, electricity, toilets, schools and jobs. I am convinced we can do it differently and do it faster!”

A true story of sacrifice, efficiency and excellence. We salute our #TrueDiamond Chhavi Rajawat.

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