Rohini P. Bhajibhakare, a farmer’s daughter from Maharashtra has become the first woman collector of Salem district in Tamil Nadu. Till now, the 32-year-old IAS officer was posted as the Additional Collector (Development) and Project Officer, District Rural Development Agency in Madurai. This is the first time when the district has got a woman collector since 1790.
“Seeing the difficulty my father faced inspired me to become a government servant and focus on public service. I studied in a government school and did my engineering in a government college,” said Bhajibhakare. The collector said that she took and cleared the civil service exam without taking any private coaching.
Being the first woman collector of Salem, Bhajibhakare said that she sees it as a sign of women empowerment. She added that it is important that women should be made part of the decision-making process at the top levels.
On her being a student of government school, she said that the schools have good teachers but the problem is in the infrastructure. Bhajibhakare said that she will be addressing the same issue in Salem. After taking the charge as the conducted, she also took a surprise check at the government hospital.
The two important issues that she has to deal with are sanitation and health. She explains, “With the threat of dengue apparent, there is a need for additional focus on sanitation. That will be my first priority”.
(Source: The New Minute)