Ahmedabad: Having Known for exemplary work with bagging the President Award of the development, Siswa Panchayat in Gujarat has become a role model for other villages as it has decided to put responsibilities of Panchayat work on educated girls.

Taking cue from Siswa village, Gram Panchayats in the central Gujarat have added a new chapter in the history of Panchayati raj as they are keen on fielding young girls in the age group of 18- 22 years in local bodies elections. 

Several Gram Panchayats have announced to elect literate young girls look after the Panchayat work and expedite development in the villages. Around 10, 509 Gram Panchayats across the state will go to polls in the last week of December. To encourage the participation of girls in the politics, the villagers have kept “doli” as their election symbol.

Former Sarpanch Shailesh Patel said, “Doli symbolizes the persona of a girl. Hence, we have fixed it as their representative symbol in Panchayat elections.”

Heenal Patel, a strong contender for the post of Sarpanch, has completed the study of nursing and now she wants to work for the betterment of the village.

Taking inspiration from the Chief Minister Narendra Modi, Heenal considers education as the only medium to bring development in the rural India.

The government is providing financial assistance to the Panchayats for several development projects under the new Gram Panchayat plan. Under this scheme, Siswa will be granted Rs 5 lakh financial aid this year.