Baby Rani Maurya will complete two years in office as the seventh governor of Uttarakhand today. After assuming charge she had stated that fulfilling her duties while respecting the dignity of constitution, she would accord priority to girl education, women empowerment, environmental conservation and welfare of the poor. Additionally, she has also accorded top priority to Jal Jeevan Mission-Har Ghar Jal announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on August 15 last year. Being a member of the governors group constituted for the mission, she has taken up the mission more seriously especially as parts in various districts of the state are also prone to water scarcity.
During her term in office so far, Maurya has laid stress on women empowerment, welfare of children, promoting the women self help groups, environmental conservation, encouraging self-employment among women, encouraging organic farming and awareness programmes for youth against substance abuse. She has visited all the districts of the state so far, interacting with the locals especially women. To boost women empowerment, it was decided that various items and gifts will be purchased from women self help groups to present the guests of Raj Bhawan. As part of the initiative to discourage substance abuse, the governor held a meeting of school students and principals in Nainital. A workshop was also held at Raj Bhawan in Dehradun wherein senior officials of police, education and health departments participated to discuss measures against substance abuse. Being the chancellor of government universities of the State, Maurya emphasised on the improvement of quality of higher education along with encouraging universities to be helpful in policy making. She believes that research work of universities should make an impact at the ground level. She interacts with the vice chancellors of universities once in every three-four months. During the lockdown to check the spread of Covid-19 she regularly talked to the vice chancellors through video conferencing and gave directions regarding online education, community service and examinations. Maintaining her focus on public welfare during the Covid pandemic, she visited the Doon Covid hospital and quarantine centre where she talked to the doctors, nurses, patients and motivated them. She has consistently interacted with the medical staff and patients.
Also focusing on the folk culture and languages of Uttarakhand, she created a new category for the research work in folk languages and culture under the Governor’s Research Award. Under the Governor Toppers Award she created a new category for five students of Sanskrit board along with the toppers of regular board examinations.
Working for the welfare of scheduled castes, scheduled tribes and the poor, she has directed that one village with a considerable scheduled caste population should be developed into a model village in each district. She will start this from Jhajhra village in Dehradun today.
Wednesday, 26 August 2020 | PNS | Dehradun
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