GUWAHATI, March 22 - Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal called upon the women of Assam to act as a bridge between the government and society and take the message of the development schemes eliciting active public participation in the development narrative of the State.
The Chief Minister stated this while speaking as the chief guest at the �Sahayika Samaroh� that was organised for generating awareness on government schemes amongst the women representatives of 219 development blocks of the State, at Srimanta Sankaradeva Kalakshetra here today.
The Samaroh was organised as a platform for the women representatives to get an understanding of development schemes implemented by government departments. The programme was organized jointly by the Social Welfare department, Government of Assam, and the Assam State Social Welfare Board, in association with the ONGC. Senior officials of government departments took part as resource persons in the programme.
Highlighting the multifaceted role of women in society, Sonowal said that women would have to play a significant role in taking the developmental programmes of the government forward. �As mothers, women play an important role in their families. They must play similar role in building a developed society,� Sonowal said.
Stating that Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave the call for �women-led development� in the country, the Chief Minister underlined State government initiatives for women�s empowerment to transform them as active partners of the development process and termed them as equal partners of development.
He further said that people in the villages fail to make best use of government schemes due to lack of awareness and emphasised that the women representatives must carry the message of the development programmes to the grassroot level.
Sonowal also advised the representatives to establish regular contact with government officials to get in-depth understanding about the schemes.
The Chief Minister also underscored the need of �good people� in society for good governance and urged the teachers and parents to instill ethical values among the young generation.
The Chief Minister�s Legal Adviser Santanu Bharali, Chairman of the Assam State Social Welfare Board Krishna Das Barman, Social Welfare Director SS Meenakshi Sundaram, senior government officials, chairmen and vice chairmen of boards and corporations, among others, were present in the programme.