Chief Minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda on Thursday presented the Kittur Rani Chennamma and other awards instituted by the Women and Child Development Department to six women organisations and 16 women for their achievements in different fields of women development on the occasion of International Women's Day.
Adarsha Stree Shakti group of Mysore, adjudged as the best got Rs. 50,000 cash prize, a rolling shield and award. Nandini Stree Shakti Group of Davangere and Yashasvini Stree Shakti Group of Kolar were given Rs. 30,000 and Rs. 25,000 cash prizes respectively.
The organisations honoured with Rs. 25,000 cash prize each for their role in the development of women are: CICOPA, Bangalore; Paripoorna Grameenabhivrudhi Mahila Seva Samsthe, Dharwad; Yashasvini Mahila Mandali, Kolar; Basaveshwara Vidya Samsthe, Chitrudurga; Krishi and Grameena Yuvajana Abhivrudhi Samsthe, Haveri; and Grameena Abhyudaya Seva Samsthe, Doddaballapur.
Leela Krishnamurthy and K.B. Sarvamangala Sastry of Bangalore, Kudikandi Kaveramma Somanna of Madikeri, Rekha Patil of Bijapur, Pushpa Ramachandra Pathar of Gadag, Annapoorna Nirvani of Belgaum, Nirmala Jodappa of Koppal in women development; Shilpa Nanjappa of Kodagu, A. Rukmini of Chamarajanaagar, Nagaratna Nagaraja Hadagali of Dharwad, Naseebanu Abdul Ghani of Bagalkot and Lakshmi Mahadeva of Belgaum in arts; Pramila Karnad of Mangalore and Vimala Inamdar of Koppal in literature; A. Shaheena of Bangalore and Vijayakumari of Hassan in sports were also honoured on the occasion.
Three district awards of Rs. 80,000, Rs. 70,000 and Rs. 60,000 were given to stree shakti okkoota of Sullia, Chikkanayakana Halli taluk stree shakti okkoota and Mysore taluk stree shakti okkoota, respectively.
Karnataka Mothers-in-law Association president Shilaja Hiremath and general secretary Rani Nagaraj wanted to present a memorandum to the Chief Minister complaining of harassment by the daughters-in-law and their relatives misusing Section of 498 A of IPC. But, Mr. Gowda asked them to meet him in Vidhana Soudha to discuss the issue.
Addressing the gathering Mr. Gowda said that there was a need for ending female foeticide for maintaining the male-female ratio. He called upon women to strive for achieving self respect and expressed happiness over the achievement made by 1.40 lakh stree shakti self-help groups by saving Rs. 1,040 crore. His wife Datty Sadananda Gowda was also present.
The former Union Minister M.V. Rajasekharan gave away cash prize of Rs. 25,000 each to Bhoomika Stree Shakti group of Bangalore, Dyamavva SSG of Hassan, Maheswari SSG of Haveri, Jija Matha Mailara SSG of Bidar. He released a book-Yashodhara Gathe and Karnatakada Saadhakiyaru to mark the birth centenary of the former Minister Yashodharamma Dasappa. The State Planning Board Vice Chairman Ramachandra Gowda released Antarala Sanchike-7 book.