Parveen Kaur, a 25-year-old woman in Haryana has become an inspiration for many who want to do some good for the society. She is an engineer, a Sarpanch, and is a godsend in the lives of the people living in a remote village in Haryana.
Kakrala-Kuchia, located in the Kaithal district of Haryana, is home to approximately 1,200 people. According to Dainik Bhaskar, Parveen grew up in the city but was emotionally attached to the village. When she used to visit the village as a child, the saw no roads, no schools, and a severe water problem.
Even though she completed her Engineering from Kurukshetra University, destiny had other plans for her. People from the villagers visited her father one day and expressed how they wanted Parveen to become the ‘Sarpanch’ of the village. According to the government, only educated people could become the Sarpanch.
Even though Parveen was hesitant about taking up the responsibility, her father convinced her. Thus, at 21-years of age, Parveen Kaur became the Sarpanch of Kakrala-Kuchia – the youngest Sarpanch in all of Haryana.
The first task that she took on herself was a thorough village inspection, after which she made a list of the things that had to be done/fixed.
First, she recognised that the people of the village had to go far to get water. So she set up water coolers everywhere. She also built proper roads – something that the village lacked.
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Second, she realised that the safety of women in the village was compromised. So she set up CCTV cameras and solar lights across the village so that women and children can roam around even at night without worrying about their safety.
Next, she realised that there was a lack of educational opportunities for children. They did not have many books but wanted to study. Hence, she set up a library and filled it with books for kids to read. Now, the children spend most of their time in the library.
The biggest plus-point of the village is that all children know how to speak in Sanskrit. In February, this year, the Chancellor of Maharishi Valmiki Sanskrit University paid a visit to the village and expressed how they wanted to turn the place into a “Sanskrit village”. Soon after, Sanskrit teachers were appointed in the village who started language classes.
4 committees have been set in the village, by the women for the women. In these committees, women get together, share their problems, and resolve them together.
For her extraordinary work in transforming the village, Parveen Kaur was presented with an award by Prime Minister Narendra Modi back in 2017.
Parveen has taught us how age doesn’t matter when the heart is in the right place. What a terrific example she has set for future generations!