Governor takes part in a series of programmes in Koraput district
Parents advised to send their children to school
Stress on awareness about NREGA
KORAPUT: “These women need not face any further enquiries for issuing BPL cards. They deserved to get them.” These were the remarks made by Governor Murlidhar Chandrakant Bhandare interacting with women members of the SHG at Janiguda village of Koraput block on Thursday. Women of the village appealed to the Governor to see to it that they would get BPL cards.
While talking to the children and teachers of the residential school at the village, he came to know that more than 25 per cent of the children were irregular to the school and were staying back in their houses to assist their family members. He was also pained to learn that most of the children leave their education before completing seventh standard. Sarva Sikhya Abhiyan would be incomplete without making all the children educated at least up to Standard VII, he added.
Small family norm
While inaugurating the dal processing unit at Gopalput village near Koraput, he urged the SHG members to take initiative to see that families were restricted to two children and also ensure that all the children were sent by their parents to schools. He also highlighted the importance of taking the benefits of NREGA to the grassroots and hence asked SHG members to create more awareness about the scheme in the villages.
While expressing his happiness for the regular repayment being made by SHGs in the region against the loans they had taken to do some collective trade, he, however, advised the SHGs to work towards a stage where there would be no need of taking loans for carrying out any kind of business.
Orissa, particularly Koraput, was rich in cultural and natural wealth and there was a need to move ahead in making the State and the region economically rich. He was addressing the students of DAV College, Koraput, while attending as chief guest of the college’s annual function in the afternoon. Comparing Koraput region with Switzerland for its natural beauty and landscape, he said there was more possibilities hidden in the region than any other place for growing to greater heights.
“All people are born free and equal. It depends on the work one does that he/she makes the progress.” While distributing the prizes to winners of different competitions in the college, he observed that there were more girls who had won prizes than the boys and said that this was the sign of changing times where the girls were leading over the boys in all sectors. However getting concerned over the less representation of tribal girls in the college rolls, he urged parents of tribal girls to take the benefits of the changing times and prepare their girl children to lead the nation .
Apart from meeting the SHGs and college students, he spent more time with children. He played and danced with them. While visiting ASTHA, the home for the orphan children at Koraput, he took the opportunity to give the name ‘Prerana’ to a new born baby who was rehabilitated in the institution for having born to a mentally-ill woman at Jeypore a few days ago.
He also visited ‘Manas’, the school for mentally challenged children and Jagannath temple.