Since two and a half years I am at this position. In this duration we faced many challenges and solved many of them. I would like to say that after coming into politics and this post of mayor or the post of chairman is not anything small
Vimla Ji, first of all share with us about your political journey. As a woman how challenging was it for you to reach this position and what all problems you had to face?
I was basically in education. My subject was political science. I have worked enough for women and I am linked with many NGOs. Considering all this I moved to politics from education. Since two and a half year I am at this position. In this duration we faced many challenges and solved many of them. I would like to say that after coming into politics and at this post of mayor or the post of chairman is not anything small. I would say “Nar seva, Narayan seva”, this post is to serve, either humans, animals or birds. It is linked with serving. This was an important turn of my life. After this I became the chairman.
What was that moment, you mentioned you completed double masters in political science, double masters in history, what was that moment when you decided to shift from education to politics field?
I never thought before that I would join this political field but because I was teaching political science and I studied that mayor post of women is an opportunity. It came to my mind that I can do something in this field for public and society. With these thoughts I entered into politics and won with the support of majority. There are 45 ward, 45 councilors, their support helped me to reach here. I would like to thank them and the public of Sawai Madhopur for electing me.
In this duration of two and a half years what all changes were you able to make successfully and what are those things where you could bring change?
In this management post if there is even a miner mistake so we cannot be successful. There are four main links that include councilors, public, MPs, MLAs and the officers. We have to work with the cooperation of these four, only then we can be successful, because we are not directly elected. Elected councilors elect the chairman.
Tell me what all problems do you face? Suppose you want the city to be clean but to implement the abhiyaan you need money, man force, people to execute and the support is needed. To meet these requirements what all problems do you have to face?
It is managing the limited resources to complete the public work. Manpower is less in ULBs; economic resources are limited. In ULBs mostly funding has to be raised from there itself, apply tax there and get it from there. At local level there are protests but we have to take people in trust and work with them. I would like to add that India can actually be seen cleaner than before. My city is at world tourism level. Many foreign tourists visit Sawai Madhopur. They shouldn’t get the message that Sawai Madhopur is not clean so we have specially made a team that collect waste door to door, collecting wet and dry waste separately and dump it at the dumping stations. They play slogan motivating people to throw waste in the vehicle. With time to time we motivate students in schools. They need it most to make children habitual, because work can’t be done by force. It should become habitual. I mostly focus on women and children. Being connected with education I frequently visit in schools and motivate them. Now children eating toffees keep the wrapper in pockets. I feel good that my city is changing and becoming cleaner. Everyone is supporting me for it.