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18-year-old girl student takes over Assam CM’s twitter handle

Vandana Urang handled CM’s twitter account between 9 am to 11 am in a gesture to stand for children’s empowerment and participation

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Guwahati: An 18-year-old girl student took control of Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal’s official Twitter handle for two hours on Friday to mark World’s Children Day.

Vandana Urang, from the Namroop tea estate in Dibrugarh handled CM’s twitter account between 9 am to 11 am in a gesture to stand for children’s empowerment and participation.

“I thank the chief minister for giving me this opportunity. I will use it to speak about myself, other children and especially on the issue of education,” Urang said in a video message soon after assuming charge of Sonowal’s handle.

The CM was away in New Delhi to meet the BJP leadership and discuss the next assembly polls due in the state in March-April 2021, while the teenager was using his Twitter handle.

“I feel the environment in schools plays an important role – good environment and innovative teaching methods, along with awareness on things like ill-effects of use of addictive substances will encourage children to continue and complete their education,” Urang tweeted.

Vandana, who hails from Dibrugarh, is a BA 1st semester student at Namroop College.

“Now that schools and colleges have reopened in Assam, I hope that we focus on these issues so that no child gets left behind,” she added in another tweet.

Urang is part of Muskan, a group of adolescent girls, where she and other girls discuss topics ranging from gender equality, importance of menstrual hygiene to opportunities that concern their future.