Published On: Wed, Feb 3rd, 2016

Women grab most top govt posts in Unnao

Dubai: Unnao, a district in Uttar Pradesh is setting a precedent in gender balance and women’s empowerment at the workplace as District Magistrate to Superintendent of Police, Chief Development Officer to Chief Medical Officer, from the Zila Panchayat President to Sub-Divisional Magistrate posts have been grabbed by the women.

Unnao SP Neha Pandey

Unnao SP Neha Pandey

Women in the Unnao administrative authorities occupy key decision-making positions like Saumya Agarwal is the DM, Neha Pandey is the SP; Sandeep Kaur is the Chief Development Officer, and Geeta Yadav the Chief Medical Officer.

There’s more. Sangeeta Sengar was in January this year elected the Zila Panchayat head, and Jaspreet Kaur and Archana Dwivedi are the two SDMs.

Meanwhile, Shruti Shukla is the Probation Officer, Sherry Masood the Child Development Project Officer, Jyoti Choudhury the Mandi Secretary, Roli Gupta the Establishment Officer, and Mala Bajpaye the Assistant Regional Transport Officer.

DM Agrawal said, “This district is buzzing with enthusiasm over women power. We will work together and the youth seem inspired by us. We send this message nationally: Women should be entrusted with responsibilities and they are very sensitive towards their duties.”

SDM Dwivedi said it was Unnao’s “good luck” that all the top positions were filled by women.

Unnao ADM Indra Paal Uttam, though, has the clincher. “The country has had a woman prime minister in Indra Gandhi. So in India, women have been on top. At the end of the day, work sees no gender. There’s neither male nor female. We are all modern-day professionals.”

Sengar, who occupies the powerful zila panchayat head’s post, said that at a time when women are fighting for reservation in Parliament, Unnao sends a “very important” empowerment message. “From Unnao, a message has gone out loud and clear.”

“That women are not only equal to men, they can be tough competition. As zila panchayat president, I am going to work for women’s employment, make sure they get the opportunity in whichever field they choose. We are in a dominating position, and it’s great,” she added.

Inputs with TNN

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