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Imphal, October 27, 2017 (DIPR): Chief Minister N. Biren Singh has said that the society needs to acknowledge the role and contribution of women.
He was speaking as the Chief Guest at Beti Bachao – Beti Padhao Spot Painting Competition of Imphal West at DM College Multipurpose Hall today.
The programme was jointly organised by State Level Committee on Beti Bachao Beti Padhao and State Social Welfare Department.
The Chief Minister stated that the State Government is planning to announce a welfare scheme for BPL families belonging to OBC during his proposed Chandel visit on November 4.
The Chief Minister said that women have been making immense contributions in all spheres including social movements in Manipur. However, women are still discriminated up to some extent in Manipuri society, he added.
He observed that mothers generally go through great pains throughout their life for the wellbeing of their children.
As such, it is annoying to see denying necessary care and love to old mothers by their children, he added. The Chief Minister urged the public to give due respect and care to womenfolk especially mothers.
Stating that the new Government is fully committed to extend support and assistance to widows, N. Biren said that many social security and welfare schemes are being implemented by the State and Central Governments in this regard.
Social Welfare Minister Nemcha Kipgen was the functional president of the occasion.
In her speech, she urged the public to take a pledge to put in joint effort to improve Child Sex Ratio as a National priority agenda.
She said that all over the world, Manipuri women have been known for their courage, skill and active involvement in many social, economic, political and cultural activities.
From this year onwards, awareness programmes would be conducted all over the State with the goal of empowering womenfolk, preventing gender biased sex selective elimination, ensuring survival and protection of the girl child and education and participation of girl child, she added.
A special attraction of the function was giving the opportunity of taking selfie with the Chief Minister to selected girl students.
Later, the dignitaries led by the Chief Minister distributed prizes of the spot painting competition.
Rajya Sabha MP Ksh. Bhabananda, Commissioner (Social Welfare, YAS and Higher Education) H. Deleep and Social Welfare Director Jacintha Lazarus also attended the function as guests of honour.

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