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March 25, 2016

Nauroti Devi – A Woman Who Paved Way With Sheer Will

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“Where there is a will, there is a way”. This well known proverb was well-defined by Stone cutter turned Sarpanch, Nauroti Devi (70), who teaches computers to villagers. Nauroti Devi is a spectacular woman from Harmada Village in Rajasthan. Inspite of lack of any kind of formal education, she managed to
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“Where there is a will, there is a way”.
This well known proverb was well-defined by Stone cutter turned Sarpanch, Nauroti Devi (70), who teaches computers to villagers.

Nauroti Devi is a spectacular woman from Harmada Village in Rajasthan. Inspite of lack of any kind of formal education, she managed to get elected as the Sarpanch of the village. It is quite surprising and impressive at the same time that she was the one who taught computer to the Panchayat Secretary.
“I carried the computer and printer into the office and used it for regular communication and also take out printouts of notices”, quoted Nauroti as reported by The Hindu.

Initially, she used to work as a stone cutter at the road construction sites where the workers were not being paid full wages. Agitated, she mobilised the workers  and raised her voice against the injustice with the help of an NGO.
In the early 1980’s, she joined The Barefoot College in Tilonia founded by Bunker Roy where she joined the adult literacy classes and later learnt to operate computers. She also trained many other women like her who had never attended school. She has been an active member of the Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sanghatan since 1981.

As a Sarpanch, Nauroti has fulfilled her responsibilities satisfactorily. She is known to have got back the land allocated for a government health centre and fenced it to secure it from encroachment. She also raised a battle against the alcohol mafia and ended her term with a balance amount of 13 lakhs in the panchayat treasury. It is because of her that the below poverty line population of the village has proper houses , toilets and other facilities.

She is well known for her work across various nations and has visited countries like China, USA, Germany amongst many others.

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