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21-year-old medical student wins Maharashtra sarpanch election on return from Georgia

new Delhi: Yashodhara Shinde, 21, aspired to become a doctor and was pursuing a medical course in Georgia, but fate had other plans as she returned to her village in Maharashtra, contested and won the sarpanch election.

She is now planning to work for the betterment of her village Vaddi in Miraj tehsil of Sangli district and complete her education online.

Speaking to PTI, Shinde said she wants to make women self-reliant, introduce e-learning and other education tools for students, help children adopt good health habits, improve aspirations of youth and create awareness in the village. Wants to contribute to the welfare of the farming community. ,

“I am pursuing MBBS course at New Vision University in Georgia. Currently, I am in the fourth year and one and half year of the course is yet to be completed.”

“When elections were announced in my village, the local people wanted someone from our family to contest for the post of sarpanch (village head). It was decided to field me for the post. I got a call from my family And I came back, contested.” Election and won,” Shinde said.

Polling was held on December 18 for 7,682 gram panchayats in parts of Maharashtra. The results were declared on Tuesday.

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Asked about his plans as sarpanch for the development of the village, Shinde said his main focus would be to solve women’s issues and make them stand on their own feet.

She said, “I am of the opinion that women should have equal opportunity to show what they are capable of and I want to make them educated and independent and not dependent on their male counterparts.”

The welfare of children and their education is also on his priority list.

“I would like to tell them about e-learning and latest pedagogy,” Shinde said.

“I also want to work towards building toilets in the village and ensure easy availability of sanitary napkins for girls and women. Also, children need to adopt good hygiene habits,” she added.

Shinde also said that she would work with the youth on the development agenda of the village.

“70 to 80 per cent of the population in the village is into agriculture and I would like to work for their sustainable development,” she said.

When asked about her medical course and how she plans to pursue it, Shinde said that she will complete her education online and her friends will also help her in studies.

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