Also, my stint in the development sector made me realize that many solutions to seemingly insurmountable problems are local, but require catalytic intervention and systems support. I also learned to appreciate the key role of local and state governments in taking community welfare projects scalable and sustainable. That’s when I decided to join the Chief Minister Good Governance Associate program which is a strategic collaboration between the Government of Haryana and Ashoka University to improve governance in the state and drive a mass impact on the ground. Running since 2016, the programme provides a platform for young individuals, to work closely with the Chief Minister’s Office for bringing transparency, accountability and efficiency to public service delivery in the state.
Now, I have got the opportunity to work with the CM of Haryana as a deputy manager under CMGGA and to give back to my roots. I couldn’t be happier, my parents couldn’t be happier. It is the first time in my life that I didn’t have to fight for something with my parents. They were elated to know that I would be working with the CM of Haryana.
When I was leaving my home to join my job location, my dad said, “ab ek clerk ki beti CM ke saath kaam karegi” (Now a clerk’s daughter will work with the CM). The pride and happiness in his eyes will be etched in my life forever.
My dream is to bring gender equity to the last mile communities and inspire girls to realise all those big dreams they dream of in small villages.