Sikkim Women’s Council holds 37th Annual General Meeting

Gangtok, 07 Sept [IPR]:

The 37th Annual General Meeting of Sikkim Women’s Council [SWC] was held at a local hotel in the capital today in the presence of Secretary, Social Justice, Empowerment & Welfare Department,SaralaRai,as chief guest.

In her address, she praised the services rendered and initiated by SWC and requested them to carry out their activities in the same robust manner in the future. She said that SJEWD has and will always extend and provide necessary help in reaching out to the vulnerable sections of the society i.e., children, women and senior citizens. She also informed about the various schemes that cater to these particular vulnerable groups which has been undertaken by the department.

She spoke on serious social issues and measures taken by the government to tackle the menace namely child abuse &trafficking, destitute women &children, victims of domestic abuse, working women and senior citizens. She requested the SWC to look into these matters thoroughly and stressed on the importance of infrastructures for Working Women’s Hostel, Old Age Home and One Stop Centres in all four districts.

She also informed that the department is trying to establish Old Age Homes in all the four districts of the State and also informed about the construction at Namchi which is 50% completed. She also talked about the numerous unique initiatives undertaken by the state government and said that these policies for the welfare of women can be found nowhere in the world.

General Secretary, SWC, Mandala Pradhan, updated the gathering about the administrative functions of the SWC and also spoke on Adult Education Programme and the National Council Level Meetings. She also said that staff and those involved in arduous assignments under various schemes would be encouraged with enhancement of salaries.

During the programme, SWC also handed over sewing machines to Mamtalaya, Association for Social Health in India [ASHI], National Association for the Blind [NAB] Sikkim and Bojoghari Child Care Institute.

Further, Dil Maya Rai of Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Institute [JNMI], Namchi was awarded the Best Student Award which was presented by RatnaPradhan Memorial Trust.

Earlier in the programme, SWC President, Paroo Lama, spoke on the history of the body and the responsibilities and duties. She also presented an achievement report of the SWC from 1981-2018. She thanked everyone involved in the operations and functioning of the SWC for their selfless social acts and spirit.