19-year-old Haridwar-based girl to become one day Uttarakhand CM - Mudhalvan in real life!
In what can be best described to be as fiction turning into reality, the core plot of director Shankar's blockbuster 1999 film, Mudhalvan, starring Arjun in the lead role, continues to remain etched in everyone's minds to date. The political action drama in which Arjun becomes the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu for one day after the late Raghuvaran challenges him to take up his place during an interview in the film went on to draw immense praise. In that light, a nineteen-year-old Haridwar-based girl Shristi Goswami will become the Chief Minister of Uttarakhand for one day on January 24 in line of the National Girl Child Day proceedings.
Shristi Goswami has been given administration duty over Garsain, the summer capital of the State. As part of her duties, she will be reviewing the various schemes currently being run by the State government. A third-year B.Sc. Agriculture student, Goswami spoke about the opportunity to become the one day CM of Uttarakhand saying, "I still cannot believe if this is true. I am so overwhelmed. But at the same time, I will do my best to prove that youth can excel in administration while working for people's welfare."
Among the schemes that will be coming under Shristi’s review include the Atal Ayushman Scheme, Smart City project, Homestay Scheme by the tourism department, including other development projects. It is to be noted that Goswami has already been serving as the Chief Minister of the Bal Vidhan Sabha (Children's State Assembly) since 2018. Before she takes over the CM Office, Uttarakhand state government authorities will be giving her a detailed presentation on the various departments. The Uttarakhand Child Rights Protection Commission has also written a letter to the Chief Secretary of the hill state in this regard. Usha Negi, the Chairperson of the Commission said in her statement, "The arrangements regarding this have already been made in the state assembly building in Gairsain. Srishti has been working with us for a while now and we are well aware of her capabilities."
This isn't the first time Shristi has made the spotlight in the State as she was selected as a lawmaker of the child assembly in Uttarakhand in 2018. Subsequently, she participated in the Girls' International Leadership in Thailand in 2019. Shristi's father Praveen Puri runs a shop in their village, while her mother is an Anganwadi worker. Speaking to Times of India, Praveen said, "Shristi is a brilliant child. She wants to work for the upliftment of girl students everywhere. She is also part of a social organisation that motivates the girls towards getting education."
Shristi's gradual rise in Indian politics will give youngsters the much-needed motivation and hope across the country. Her success story is no doubt on the lines of Shankar's Mudhalvan in which the plot progresses with Arjun being elected as the CM of the State and his eventual showdown with Raghuvaran on the political front.
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