Varnali Deka
Goalpara deputy commissioner Varnali Deka at Bamundanga Garopara village. Image credit – Northeast Now

The Goalpara deputy commissioner has stressed on implementation of Women and Child Development (WCD) schemes in the remote areas along the Assam-Meghalaya border.

Stressing on the successful reflection of the WCD schemes in the remote border villages, the district administration of Goalpara on Thursday arranged a day-long programme at the Bamundanga Garopara village.

The area is 25 km from Goalpara town and about 7 km from the Assam-Meghalaya border.

On Thursday, the programme began in the morning with the inauguration of a Village Health Sanitation and Nutrition Day (VHSND) model centre in the Bamundanga government ME school campus.

In her inaugural speech, Goalpara deputy commissioner Varnali Deka lauded both the health & family welfare and social welfare departments for their continuous efforts in the successful implementation of the government schemes.

She specially referred and lavished high praise for the model Anganwadi centre at the Budhipara village near Agia college.

Besides inaugurating the VHSND, Varnali Deka had a door-to-door visit to take cognizance of the implementation of the schemes related to the women and child development in Bamundanga Garopara village.

VHSND is a government initiative to improve access to Maternal Newborn and Child Health (MNCH), nutrition and sanitation services at the village level in India.

It is operated jointly by social welfare and health & family welfare departments.

On the same day and at the same venue, a Mahila Shakti Kendra (MSK) under Krishnai Balijana integrated child development services of the social welfare department was inaugurated.

The MSK empowers rural women through community participation and tries to create an environment in which they realize their full potential.

Speaking on the occasion, Gautam Mazumdar, additional deputy commissioner in charge of health & family welfare and social welfare, focused on the functioning of the Swachh Poshan Club, VHSND and MSK and appealed to the people to avail benefits of the government-sponsored schemes.

The Bamundanga School Swachh Poshan Club in the same meeting demonstrated their self-defence skills.

A haat bazaar on this occasion was arranged to guide the rural women recognise the nutritious food and fruits needed especially before and after the childbirth.

Nileswar Roy, child development project officer (CDPO), delivered the opening speech and Himashri Sinha, woman welfare officer, briefed about the MSK scheme.

Deben Bhuyan, social welfare officer, Dr. Kashyap Biswas, academician, Dr. Bhanu Saikia, additional chief medical and health officer and Khurseed Alom district programme manager of NHM also attended the programme among many others.

Sushmita Kalita, district coordinator of Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana (PMVY) anchored the entire programme.

Sofikul Ahmed

Sofikul Ahmed is Northeast Now Correspondent in Goalpara. He can be reached at: dull.sofik@gmail.com