As 19-year-old Srishti Goswami assumed the role of Uttarakhand’s Chief Minister for a day, she made noteworthy statements saying issues related to women’s safety and children should be the top priority of all governments, PTI reported.
"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 Goswami who was full of excitement after chairing a session with members of Children's Assembly as the one-day CM.
Goswami was given this opportunity to mark the National Girl Child Day, celebrated on January 24, 2021.
The one-day CM made several recommendations to the state government as to how they should proceed to ensure women’s safety.
"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.
To spell a few, she requested the Director General of Police (DGP) to devise ways to curb eve-teasing so that young girls feel safer as they commute from schools or colleges. She also sought a total ban on the sale of all types of intoxicants within a radius of 500 metres around educational institutes.
"Children are the future of our nation and issues related to them deserve to be addressed on priority," Srishti who is doing her graduation in agriculture said.
Her experience reminded her of the yesteryear flick ‘Nayak’.
"Nayak was reel life. But my experience was real. It gave me the goosebumps," she said and thanked Uttarakhand Governor Baby Rani Maurya and Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat for giving her the opportunity.
Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat said the event was a way of honouring the girls of the state which can help them find an identity of their own.
"Children are our future leaders. Such exercises can make them aware of contemporary issues and legislative business to some extent to enable them to drive the nation in the right direction," Rawat said.
Uttarakhand is the first state in the country to give Children's Assembly an opportunity to witness workings of the government first hand.