Kanpur: Kanpur Dehat district has become a vibrant example of women empowerment in the state with the maximum number of top official positions in the district, from district magistrate (DM) to superintendent of police (SP) to chief development officer (CDO) currently being held by women.
Moreover, the posts of additional district magistrate (ADM), Basic Education Officer, Circle Officer (CO)-Bhognipur, sub-divisional magistrates (SDM) of two ‘tehsils’, additional regional transport officer (ARTO), district employment officer and block development officer (BDO) are also held by women.
Even if one talks about women public representatives, the district does not lag on this count also. Pratibha Shukla, MLA from Akbarpur Rania assembly seat is a minister of state, while Jyotsana Katiyar and Pratibha Gautam are chairpersons of Akbarpur and Amraudha nagar panchayats respectively.
DM Neha Jain, said, “We want to thank the state government for keeping faith in us. It’s a huge gesture to encourage women and their empowerment. Women often hesitate in going to meet officials, we find the number of women coming with their applications and grievances has grown as they feel comfortable in interacting with us. They don’t hesitate anymore.”
“Women are holding top positions in the administration in this district. I was transferred from Firozabad, where I was working as CDO. I am proud of being a woman collector and working with other women officials,” she added.
Chief Development Officer of the district Saumya Pandey said, “It is mentioned in the ‘Puranas’ that God resides where women are respected. All the women officers in Kanpur Dehat district are working for women’s empowerment.”