Minister for Infrastructure and Investments Ganta Srinivasa Rao underlined the need for women to avail of the scheme provided by the government for their welfare and benefit from the same.

Participating as a chief guest at the Women's Day celebrations organised by the Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation at the Swarna Bharathi Indoor Stadium here on Thursday, he underlined the need to provide half of the opportunities to women in all spheres.

Government Whip Dronamraju Srinivas, MLAs Tynala Vijay Kumar, Chintalapudi Venkataramaiah, M. Srinivasa Rao, former Mayor P. Janardhana Rao, and GVMC Commissioner B. Ramanjaneyulu recalled the contribution of women in society.

Mr. Ganta Srinivasa Rao handed over 5-gm gold coins to three women who were selected by the GVMC. CMR Group MD Mavuri Venkata Ramana participated.