Bhubaneswar, January 31, 2014: (OBB):Honesty and diligence has its own reward .Regardless the position in life, Arati Devi, 28, a lady sarpanch in a remote village of the state has now been acknowledged being a leader in the international mirror -USA i.e International Visitors Leadership Program (IVLP).She happens to be the youngest sarpanch in the continent.As a was delighted when the US consulate general in Hyderabad told her that she was the only Indian selected for the International Visitors Leadership Program (IVLP) on state and local governments for current and emerging leaders sponsored by the State Department.
Cheers and applause erupted in a small Odisha village as the news arrived that its woman sarpanch will participate in a three-week international leadership programme in the US next month.
People made a beeline for her house at Dhunkapara – in Odisha’s Ganjam district – about 200 km from here, to congratulate her and many distributed sweets to celebrate Arati’s success.
“I was surprised when I got a call from the US consulate. They told me that my work impressed them and they wanted me to participate in the programme,” a jubilant Arati told.
Arati will speak on state government functions, government transparency and accountability at the programme to be held at Springfield in Illinois.
Arati quit her job as an investment banker at IDBI bank to become a sarpanch, the elected head of a village-level statutory institution of local self-government, called a panchayat, in 2012.