Haridwar-based Shrishti Goswami acted as the chief minister of Uttarakhand for one complete day on January 24, to mark the national girl child day. Despite being in the position symbolically, Goswami attended an official meeting to review various programmes launched by the state government.

She created history as no woman has been the CM in the history of Uttarakhand.

Goswami is studying B. Sc (agriculture) at a Roorkee-based college. The state government chose her for the honour following her performance as the chief minister in a mock ‘Bal Vidhan Sabha’ (Children’s State Assembly) organised by a state-appointed commission in 2018.

“I wholeheartedly thank CM Trivendra Singh Rawat for allowing me to become CM of Uttarakhand for one day. On January 24, the National Girl Child Day, officials from various departments will make five-minute-long presentations before me. I will give them suggestions, particularly on the issues related to girl-child safety,” Goswami said as quoted by Hindustan Times.

Goswami told the national daily that she takes inspiration from Mother Teresa and Haridwar-based Indian hockey player Vandana Kataria.

Chief of child rights body, which organised the event in 2018, Usha Negi said: “Goswami, who participated in the children’s assembly, was elected its chief minister by members of the mock House for three years. Hence, to mark the occasion of girl child day on January 24, she will hold the real CM’s office for one day.”

“It will be held from 12 noon till 3 pm, during which, officials of at least 12 departments including PWD, education, women and child development, tourism and others will give a presentation before Goswami, who will also review the various development programmes of the state,” she added.

Goswami’s father Pravin is a trader and her mother Sudha is a housewife. They told the newspaper: “We are extremely proud of our daughter’s achievement. It will send a message to all the parents to never hold back their daughters and support them fully to pursue their dreams.”