Uttarkashi receiving the Skoch Challenger Award for Grassroots Woman of the Year from Mr Montek Singh Ahluwalia. Dy. Chairman, Planning Commission
Gram Pradhan in Village Darkaan situated at an altitude of 7000 ft in District Uttarkashi, Smt Surojna Devi is illiterate but aware of her rights and entitlement. She contested the election a couple of years ago and defeated a male pradhan of 16 years standing. Being a woman she has developmental issues as her priority and has solved the drinking water problem in her village by laying a pipeline and bringing water to her village using gravity. The village has no road or electricity but boasts of a 24×7 water supply.