Gangubai Nivrutte Bhambure gets up at 5 am to do household chores. She is a 94-year-young sarpanch of Bhamburwadi village and holds the distinction of becoming oldest sarpanch in Pune district.
Gangubai believes in hard work. She says it's time to work for the people, her people, otherwise it's of no use of her becoming a sarpanch. She says, she will not disappoint them who trusted and endowed her with the chair of sarpanch.
The first task would be to help farmers from seven villages who own 1000 hectares of land, but due to lack of water they can't grow anything on it. According to Gangubai's grandsons, there is a canal less than 2km from these farms but they don't get a drop of water. The government had failed the people. Gangubai is keen to take PM's help in this matter and she is very optimistic that PM will respond to her request. She says that PM Narendra Modi is like her son and he will definitely help her and the farmers. Her other priorities as sarpanch include a proper drainage system, sufficient toilets, homes for the poor and good roads.
Gangubai takes her own decision and nobody can force anything on her. It was she who decided to contest polls for sarpanch. Though Gangubai never attended school, she can read; but cannot write. She can recite kirtans and bhajans well and loves interacting with people. She says, she can still walk like a youngster and talk like a teacher. She doesn't take any kind of medicines. She eats two meals a day and says “Eat less and live longer is the secret of my life.”
The story of Gangubai is very inspiring. While most people prefer to live a retired life at 60, some at 65, Gangubai started her career as sarpanch at 94 with great enthusiasm. Metaphorically speaking, she may be the youngest sarpanch too.