Dr. Chhavi Rajawat

Sarpanch, Village Soda

Dr. Chhavi Rajawat is the Sarpanch/elected head of the Village Council of Soda located in the District of Tonk, Rajasthan, India. She was first elected Sarpanch in February 2010 and re-elected for a second term in February of 2015 courtesy the demand of the village residents.

Rural India is the beating heart of the world’s largest democracy, but its people are cut off from India’s development in many ways. India’s biggest challenge is to bridge the growing rural urban divide. Sarpanch Rajawat’s aim is to make Soda a model village by pursuing an integrated, sustainable, gender-balanced development that can be replicated in other villages. To accomplish her goals to bridge that divide Sarpanch Rajawat is actively seeking support in the form of expertise as well as funds / adoption of projects from the government as well as non-government sectors including corporations, NGOs and individuals to collectively work towards creating the model village.

During her first term, Sarpanch Rajawat was successful in bringing transparency into the council office, water to a drought hit region, constructing toilets, promoting plantation, construction of roads, opening a bank and encouraging women and girls to also open accounts and inculcate the habit of saving, forming self help groups, providing a better infrastructure to the government run girls’ school, saving a girls’ college in the village from shutting down, mobilizing parents to educate their children, providing electricity to every household and, introducing a waste management project among other accomplishments.

Sarpanch Rajawat’s focus during her second term is on improving the quality of education (at anganbadis, primary school level as well as in the government run high school where students are only taught Hindi Literature, Sanskrit Literature and Geography); introducing vocational training to help provide alternate sources of income; improve the ecological balance and, agricultural practices. For all of this she is still seeking support.

Sarpanch Rajawat is an alumna of Rishi Valley and Mayo College Girls’ School. She graduated from Lady Shri Ram College, New Delhi and followed it up with a degree in business management from Pune. She worked in the corporate sector for about seven years during which she undertook myriad roles in media, hospitality, and the telecom industry.

Sarpanch Rajawat is an Aspen fellow and a Young Global Leader with World Economic Forum. She co-chaired the World Economic Forum on India and was recently invited to be part of the first Obama Summit held in Chicago and Town hall in Delhi.

Sarpanch Rajawat received the First Ladies National award from the Hon’ble President Shri Ram Nath Kovind and Ministry of Women & Child Development at Rashtrapati Bhawan in January of 2018. She was also awarded Reebok’s Fit To Fight award by Ms.Kangana Ranaut and has received many others including the Young Indian Leader award by CNN/IBN; she has been honored by Shri M.Venkaiah Naidu - Hon’ble Union Minister of Parliamentary Affairs, Urban Development, Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation - with ASSOCHAM Ladies League’s Grassroots Women of the Decade Achievers award; Bharat Ratna Rajiv Gandhi Yuva Shakti National award; All India Woman Achiever’s award; India TV’s Yuva award and; honored on Technology Day by Former President Lt. Shri APJ Abdul Kalam.