As the selfie contest organised by gram panchayat in Haryana’s Bibipur village concluded Friday, residents of Delhi, Kurukshetra and Jind bagged the top spot. A prize distribution ceremony was organised at the village Friday.
The contest was announced by the gram panchayat on June 9. Parents were asked to send a selfie clicked with their daughters to the village sarpanch. The winners included Amit from Kurukshetra who had sent a selfie with his wife and daughter Vanshika. Bhup Singh, a resident of Jind clicked a selfie with his two daughters — Tanya and Sara. Another winner was Amar Dagar from Delhi whose selfie with his daughter, Palak Dagar, was selected for the award. The prize winners were awarded Rs 2,100, a trophy and a certificate.
Sarpanch Sunil Jaglan said: “It was a tough task selecting the winning selfies. The count of selfies kept increasing by the day, and by the end 794 entries were received. Some of these were from other states including Gujarat, MP and UP. There was an encouraging response from Delhi. I even got calls from people who did not have daughters expressing regret that they cannot participate.”
Due to the massive response, the gram panchayat, which had originally planned to give just one award, decided to increase the prize to three. Apart from this, 15 consolation prizes were also given.
Amit, one of the winners, said: “It was nice to see that such an initiative has been taken for daughters. My daughter is five years old. I want to give her the best of education.”
An on-the-spot selfie contest was also held for which three persons were awarded.