PANJIM: The Chief Minister, Mr Digambar Kamat on Sunday called upon women to avail maximum benefits of schemes launched by the government, so as to accomplish the vision of former prime minister, Indira Gandhi, to improve the living conditions of each and every woman and ensure their empowerment.
Speaking as a chief guest after paying tributes to late prime minister, Indira Gandhi on the occasion of her 26th death anniversary observed as a ‘day against violence and terrorism’ at a function organised by Directorate of Women and Child Development at Ponda on Sunday.
Mr Kamat said Indira Gandhi’s concern for the welfare of distressed section of the society was evident from the fact that she launched 20-point programme to eradicate poverty in the country.
Stating that women have carved a niche for themselves in almost all the sectors the Chief Minister said, in order to market the products prepared by self help groups they will be extended facility in the proposed mall at Margao and also at the new market complex which is under construction at Ponda.
Mr Kamat also stressed the need to follow the path shown by Indira Gandhi. Emulating her thoughts and principles by all will be a fitting tribute to the departed leader, he said.
Minister for Women and Child Development, Mr Ravi Naik, who presided over the function, lauded the role played by Indira Gandhi to eradicate poverty and give justice to the people from all strata of the society.
Indira Gandhi, he said rendered selfless service and worked tirelessly for the welfare of the poorest section of the society.
Mr Shambhu Bandeker, former deputy speaker who spoke on the life and work of Indira Gandhi lauded her contribution towards promotion of education, health, agriculture and self employment. The role played by Indira Gandhi for empowerment of youth and women, in eliminating communalism, strengthening national integration and providing food, cloth and shelter to all sections of the society is also highly commendable, he added.
Ms Amol Morajkar, former chairperson of ZP, North and Ms Viegas, CDPO also spoke on the occasion.  Earlier, Mr Sanjiv Gadkar, director of Women and Child Development welcomed and Ms Vina Naik, mukhya sevika proposed the vote of thanks (NT)


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