Parliament panel holds discussions with officials

Pondicherry Nov. 9. A 12-member Parliament Committee on Women Empowerment headed by Mabel Rebello today held discussions with the Chief Secretary to Pondicherry, R. Padmanabhan and officials of a number of departments and the District Rural Development Agency at a meeting held here today.

The committee earlier visited some of the interior villages. The Chairman cum Managing Director of the Indian Bank, Ranjana Kumar was among those who participated in the discussions.

An official communication said that the team had visited the Mangalam Project launched in the village of Mangalam at Embalam near here in 1994 and held discussions with the members of a number of self help groups. After visiting Sendanatham village where also the team held discussions with the SHG members, the team visited the building centre to learn the impact of the centre on the empowerment of women in the rural area of Villianoor.

The committee members would meet the Lt. Governor, K. R. Malkani tomorrow before leaving for Chennai.

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