A schoolgirl in Bihar had a relatively easy ask: “Can the federal government give sanitary pads at Rs 20-30?”
“Tomorrow you will say the federal government can provide denims too. And why not some stunning footwear after that?” was IAS officer Harjot Kaur Bhamra’s snarky reply. After which she added, “You’ll ultimately count on the federal government to provide you household planning strategies, condoms, too.”
When the coed reminded her that folks’s votes make the federal government, the officer snapped: “That is heights of stupidity. Do not vote, then. Change into Pakistan. Do you vote for cash and companies?”
This change, in Hindi, with a teenaged scholar from a slum was on stage at a workshop on ‘Sashakt Beti, Samriddh Bihar’ (Empowered Daughters, Affluent Bihar). The venture tagline learn: ‘In the direction of enhancing the worth of ladies’. Harjot Kaur Bhamra heads the state’s Girls and Baby Improvement Company, which organised the Tuesday perform in partnership with Unicef and different organisations.
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The officer did attempt to spin a lesson from her remarks. “Why do you have to take something from the federal government? This mind-set is improper. Do it your self,” she informed the viewers, which comprised principally women from Class 9 and 10.
However the collection of question-answer shockers ran lengthy.
When a scholar mentioned the ladies’ rest room in her faculty stays damaged and that boys typically enter, the officer replied, “Inform me, do you will have separate bathrooms at house? If you happen to hold asking for lots issues at totally different locations, how will it work?”
To the “develop into Pakistan” jibe, the coed shot again: “I’m an Indian. Why ought to I?”
Ms Bhamra had a lesson once more when an viewers member sarcastically requested her why authorities schemes exist in any respect. She mentioned, “There is a want to vary the pondering,” after which turned to the ladies on stage once more, “It’s a must to resolve the place you need to see your self sooner or later. You’ll have to make this resolution your self. The federal government can’t do that for you. Do you need to sit the place you might be, or on the facet I’m sitting on?”
Regardless of movies of the occasion displaying the interactions, Ms Bhamra in the present day mentioned, “It is false, malicious and improper reporting of an occasion.”
“I’m recognized to be one of the vital vociferous champion of girls rights and empowerment. Some mischievous parts in opposition to whom stringent motion has been taken by WCDC for omissions and fee of wrongdoings, having misplaced at every discussion board, have now resorted to such low makes an attempt to malign my status,” mentioned Ms Bhamra, who can be Principal Secretary, Girls and Baby Welfare.