In a move to empower women and sensitise their skills, Chief Minister Sonowal who attended an awareness and skill development workshop for the women self-help groups at Majuli on Monday urged upon the women folk of the State to take the lead for a developed Assam.
Speaking at the workshop for awareness and skill development of the women of 20 gaon panchayats organised jointly by Social Welfare Department and Assam State Social Welfare Board in association with District Administration, Majuli, Chief Minister Sonowal said that unless women come out in large number development of the state is not possible. He also called upon the women to take advantage various welfare schemes based on their competence.
Chief Minister Sonowal said that government of Assam to stimulate capacity building of the women, has adopted several programmes. ‘Sahayika Samaroh’ at Majuli has been organised specifically for women empowerment and the same will be replicated in all the districts. He also said that women are supreme and if their contributions can be utilised, development of the state can be taken to a new dimension.
Minister of State for Panchayat and Rural Development Naba Kumar Doley while speaking on the occasion gave a brief overview of all the schemes that the state government has taken for the empowerment of women. He said that if the women in rural areas are not empowered, the state cannot progress. Realising this, the government has taken Kanaklata Mahila Sabalikaran Achoni.
Member of Parliament from Lakhimpur Pradan Barua also spoke on the occasion. MLAs Bimal Bora, Vinod Hazarika, Rituparna Baruah, Chairperson Assam State Social Welfare Board Krishna Das Barman, Chairperson Assam State Child Protection Commission Sunita Changkakoti Chief Executive Member, Deuri Autonomous Council Madhav Deuri, Additional Chief Secretaries Sanjay Krishna, Rajib Bora, Principal Secretary Home LS Changsan, Commissioner and Secretary Social Welfare Minakshi Sundaram, Director, Information and Public Relations Rajiv Prakash Baruah, senior officers, actress Geetawali Rajkumari were also present on the occasion.
Chief Minister Sonowal also felicitated one woman each from 20 gaon panchayats in recognition to their outstanding contribution towards women empowerment. He also handed over cheques worth Rs. 10,000 each to 10 Self Help Groups under Kanaklata Sabalikaran Achoni on the occasion.