Development of villages is essential for progress of smart cities

Vastavam web: The development of villages is essential for the overall progress of the country and to have smart cities, said woman sarpanch Chhavi Rajawat. Rajawat, who shot to fame when she quit a cushy corporate job to contest for the post of sarpanch, said the panchayats, dependent on the bureaucracy for approval of funds, should be given financial powers to deliver results.The MBA graduate-turned-sarpanch of Soda village in Rajasthan was addressing the FICCI Ladies Organisation (FLO), a division of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry, on the topic, ‘Women who have paved their own path’, here last evening.

The village-level elected representatives are not able to deliver results as they lack financial autonomy, she said.On the occasion, Dalit entrepreneur Kalpana Saroj spoke about her trials and tribulations – from struggling to earn earn Rs 2 a day to now running companies doing business of thousands of crores.Born in a small village in Maharashtra, she narrated her inspiring tale of rising from poverty to becoming a successful entrepreneur and winning the coveted Padma Shri award.JetSetGo founder and CEO Kanika Tekriwal shared her challenges in setting up the online marketplace for chartered jets.

Coming from a traditional orthodox family, the 29-year old spoke about how she had to convince her parents to allow her to pursue higher studies and then start her business.Tekriwal recounted the days when she was afflicted by cancer and how her successful fight with the deadly disease made her strong.