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Sonowal focuses on women power, cites Hima Das as example

Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal emphasised on the state government’s aim to strengthen the financial condition of every family of the state and to make each women economically self reliant.

The chief minister while taking part as the chief guest at a Mahila Samaroh organised at Golakganj in Dhubri district on Saturday, informed about the state government’s initiative for women empowerment through the Kanaklata Mahla Sabalikaran Achoni and urged the SHGs to take forward the scheme with uprightness and competitive temperament.

“The state government intends to increase the amount of revolving fund to the SHGs under the scheme on the basis of performance of the SHGs and would also provide training to them to enhance their capabilities,” the chief minister said.

The Mahila Samaroh was organised by Assam State Rural Livelihood Mission under the panchayat and rural development department.

Sonowal distributed cheques of revolving fund under Kanaklata Mahila Sabalikaran Achoni amounting to Rs 25000 each to the women self-help groups from 10 assembly constituencies under Dhubri Lok Sabha constituency. Altogether 6,372 SHGs from Dhubri would be covered under the scheme with a financial outlay of Rs 10.54 crore.

Sonowal also underlined the inherent strength of women to lead their family and the society and called upon them to nurture their children with good moral and human values. In his speech, he urged the women of the state to encourage children to invest their energy in different fields of their choice and cited the example of Hima Das as an example of women power.

He also stressed on the importance of education for the girl child and informed that the state government had already announced to set up nine colleges for girls in minority areas out of which two would be set up in Dhubri district.

Speaking on the NRC update process in Assam, the chief minister exhorted the people of the state not to panic or worry about the exercise. He said that the final draft of NRC would be published on July 30 and if name of any person is not included in the published list, he or she would have opportunity to file claim and objection against the same. He added that the state government would extend necessary support to meet the grievances of the people. The chief minister appealed to the people not to make any provocative statement to inflame communal passion. He also advised the people not to be carried away by such statements.

Minister of state for food and civil supplies and consumer affairs Phani Bhushan Choudhary and minister of state with independent charge for panchayat and rural development Naba Kumar Doley were also present during the function.

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