Sakina asks women to work for socio-economic empowerment

 Jammu, March 8 (Scoop News) – Minister for social welfare Ms. Sakina Itoo has emphasized upon women in general and self help groups in particular to come forward and work unitedly for their rights and socio-economic empowerment.   

    The minster was speaking on the occasion of International Women’s Day in the auditorium of the Govt. College for women Gandhi Nagar Jammu, organized by the Jammu and Kashmir State Women’s Development Corporation

The Minister also said that the Government had initiated various schemes for making women economically self reliant and giving them their due place in the society. She further said that women have achieved success in different walks of life and it is the responsibility of every woman to play a significant role for their empowerment.

The minister also stressed the need for education of the girl child, the only tool for women empowerment. She also marked this day, as the day of reaffirmation for improving socio-economic condition of women and changing the mindset of the society in general and women in particular..

      Mrs. Khem Lata Wakhloo Chairperson J&K State Social Welfare Board and MLA’s Bimla Luthra, Indu Pawar and  Nazir Ahmed Gurezi were also present on the occasion.     

          Mrs. Khem Lata Wakhloo Chairperson J&K State Social Welfare Board in her address emphasized that women are important part of our society and need to be given their due for overall development of the society and state as well.           

MLA Smt Bimla Luthra while appreciating the efforts of the WDC stressed that women folk should come forward for demanding their legitimate rights.

             Nazir Gurezi and Mrs. Indu  Pawar  MLAs while speaking on the occasion appreciated the progress made by the women in every sphere of life and focused upon every important role of women in our social setup. They further added that women empowerment would ultimately lead to more political representation and in turn social justice, once two wheels of human cycle move together.

The gathering was also addressed by Seema Khajuria Senior Advocate and Dr. Madhu Khullar Director Health Services, Jammu deliberated upon medico-legal issues pertaining to the women cause.

 On this Occasion Minister also distributed Cheques to the tune of Rs.24.75 lakh among 36 women beneficiaries and also inaugurated the two days sale-cum-exhibition of products prepared by SHGs assisted by Women’s Development Corporation. She inspected the stalls and appreciated the members of SHGs for producing variety of the products for earning their livelihood independently.

            Earlier, Dr. Naheed Soz, Managing Director, J&K State Women’s Development Corporation highlighted various activities and achievements of women’s Development Corporation and laid great emphasis on the newly tapped market of Prasad Jute Bags of SMVD which has immensely contributed towards the empowerment of the women. While talking of women empowerment she said that success of few successful women cannot be attributed to each woman in J&K for this we need to work hard for women empowerment.

                        Earlier Secretary, JKWDC.  R.K. Katoch, presented vote of thanks.

                        Besides college students, SHG members, women from all walks of life also witnessed the function.