Tura, Aug 30: Meghalaya chief minister Mukul Sangma on Wednesday said that the single mothers should be empowered with different skill activities under the Chief Minister’s Social Assistance Programme.
The chief minister made the announcement at the reviewing meeting held at Tura, which was attended by all officials of social welfare department of Garo Hills, deputy commissioner of West Garo Hills, Pravin Bakshi and commissioner secretary of social welfare Hima Shangpliang.
“Besides giving assistance it would be appropriate to move forward to really empower the beneficiaries, particularly the single mothers”, said Mukul, while expressing his concern for the rise of single mothers across Meghalaya.
Mukul said that he would personally talk to the chief secretary to design the skilling programme. “Now that the department had a ready data under this programmes, they would also be able to easily identify the right persons for specific skill development training”, Mukul added.
He also urged upon the department to continue wide publicity of these social assistance programme to ensure that no eligible person is left out. He also encouraged the beneficiaries to come together and open thrift cooperative societies, so that funds for the beneficiaries can be transferred directly to them.
Mukul expressed satisfaction that the social assistance programmes were effective in reaching out to the most vulnerable sections of the society. In 2012, the Chief Minister’s Social Assistance Scheme for the Persons with Disabilities (PWDs), Infirm and Widows (the nomenclature of which was later changed to include all single mothers) and Chief Minister’s Wedding Assistance Scheme for Orphan Girls were launched.