On Friday, March 11, the district administrator of Mansa, Punjab honoured 40 women under the 'Beti Bachao Beti Padhao' (save girl child, educate girl child) scheme, according to an HT report
Also, on the eve of International Women's Day on March 8, the district administrator celebrated by organizing a week-long festivity just to pay respect and recognise the contribution of women in our Indian society. Over 500 girls from across the district gathered around to celebrate.
On this occasion, Assistant Commissioner Ruhee Dugg addressed all the women around and even demanded rights for women in society. Sharing her personal experiences, she said, "While I was pursuing a course in medical education, I decided to appear for civil services examination. However, most people dissuaded me. But, I was determined to crack this examination. I made up my mind for this when I was in Class 7. We should realise that we (as women) can achieve everything if we have strong willpower."
On similar grounds, Varinder Sharma, the deputy commissioner of Mansa district said that there is a need to improve the female literacy rate in the society.
During the ongoing programme, many students and teachers were honoured for their exceptional involvement in their particular fields.
The youngest achiever award was given to Amandeep Kaur, 13, who is a resident of Khadaksingh Wala village in Mansa region. He got honoured for winning a bronze medal in a discussion held at the 61st National Schools Athletics Championship 2016 in Kerala.
Later, during the celebration, a theatre group from Patiala showed a skit, where they highlighted the issue of female foeticide in the society.
Varinder Sharma also said that awareness campaigns on women empowerment would soon be launched in the district. "Mansa is one of the districts with poor sex ratio, and in order to improve this, we will launch all possible schemes and campaigns in the near future," he added.
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