GOLAGHAT, June 22: “When darkness descends on the society, it is the women who appear as a savior and illuminate the society by wisdom. Since women are the creators they are the precursor of a true and just society,” Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal said here on Friday.
Addressing the Mahila Samaroh organised under the auspices of panchayat and rural development department at Sammanaya Kshetra in Golaghat, Sonowal said that inspired by martyr Kanaklata Baruah, the state government has launched Kanaklata Mahila Sabalikaran Achoni to empower the women in the rural areas economically.
Sonowal said that under Kanaklata Mahila Sabalikaran Achoni Rs. 25,000 are given to each women self help group and with this amount they (women) can climb the ladder of development. He also urged upon the women of the state to take active role in the economy of the state and stated that the sectors like agriculture, horticulture, sericulture can witness huge grwoth through women participation.
Referring to his recent tour to Vietnam where 18 ideal farmers also accompanied, Sonowal said that the exposure tour helped the farmers to gain knowledge on agricultural practices based science and technology. The chief minister also asked the women SHGs to gain knowledge from the farmers and work accordingly to bring about their economic empowerment. He also said that based on the performance of the women SHGs they will be adjudged first, second and third position and will be given Rs. 5 lakh, Rs. 3 lakh, and Rs. 2 lakh respectively. He, therefore, asked the women to work hard, get the competitive edge and grab the opportunity to go to foreign countries on exposure tour.
The chief minister also said that for women empowerment, State government has adopted several schemes. He also said that for the protection of dignity of women, the state government is setting up fast track courts in the state to bring the perpetrators of modesty of women to book. He also asked the women to take a lead role to remove superstitions of all sorts and help the society to come out of the scourge of superstitions.
The chief minister also handed over cheques to 10 SHGs on the occasion. Agriculture minister Atul Bora, water resources minister Keshab Mahanta, panchayat and rural development minister Naba Doley, labour minister Pallab Lochan Das, MLA Mrinal Saikia, deputy mayor of Guwahati, Bijuli Kalita also spoke on the occasion.