Lighting up lives of rag-pickers

Staff Correspondent

10 households of rag-pickers have been given solar-powered lamps

DHARWAD: Karnataka Vikas Grameena Bank, Dharwad, celebrated the Women's Day in association with NABARD in a unique way by lighting up the lives of the rag-pickers.

The bank provided solar lamps to the residents of Laxmi Singanakere, a colony of rag-pickers.

Although situated in the heart of the city, the residents didn't have power supply in their houses because of extreme poverty.

After Media Club, Dharwad, brought the issue to the notice of the KVG Bank, chairman of the bank K.P. Muralidharan asked his officials to select 10 households so that they could be given solar lamps to light up their houses at night.

Mr. Muralidharan handed over the solar lamps to women of the rag pickers' families during the Women's Day programme recently.

He said despite several programmes for development of women not many were properly utilised.

Inaugurating the programme, Dean of Home Science College Rama Nayak said that education was not the only tool for empowerment.

A woman should recognise her strength and have conviction to pursue her dreams.

District Development Manager of NABARD Y.N. Mahadevaiah and President of Media Club Shripad Yarekuppi were present.

Successful women entrepreneurs, Deepali Rajaput and Geeta Megundi were felicitated on the day.

An exhibition of articles prepared by members of the Self Help Groups was organised on the occasion.