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Host of programmes today

GOVERNMENT AND Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) would hold a host of programmes on Wednesday to mark the International Women?s Day. The State Women and Child Development Department will hold a ?Stree-Shakti? programme at the Jawahar Bal Bhavan at 12.00 noon.

india Updated: Mar 08, 2006 01:18 IST

GOVERNMENT AND Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) would hold a host of programmes on Wednesday to mark the International Women’s Day. The State Women and Child Development Department will hold a ‘Stree-Shakti’ programme at the Jawahar Bal Bhavan at 12.00 noon.

Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan will inaugurate the programme and Minister for Women and Child Development Kusum Mehedale would preside. Cooperatives minister Gopal Bhargava, Public Health and Family Welfare Minister Ajay Vishnoi and Minister of State for Women and Child Development Meena Singh would be the special guests.

Women members of Self-Help Groups from districts in the department would participate in the programme. Stalls would be put up for the products of these SHGs. Some anganwadi workers and women social workers would be felicitated.

They include Dhrupad singer Asgari Bai, social worker Champa Bahan, Shalini Tai Moghe, Nirmala Buch and Dr Anusuiya Gawli and Dr Pushpa Shrivastava for work on herbal medicine and Ayurved. The anganwadi workers include Damayanti Tiwari from Damoh, Vimla Verma from Rewa, Nirmala Shorta from Indore, Parvati Thapa of Ujjain, Sangeeta Malviya and Geeta Shukla from Bhopal.

WORKSHOP FOR MLAs: A special orientation workshop on safe motherhood would be conducted for the members of the Assembly at Vidhan Sabha conference hall from 6.00 pm onwards under the aegis of the State Public Health and Family Welfare Department. The CM, speaker Ishwardas Rohani, Leader of Opposition Jamuna Devi, Health Minister Ajay Vishnoi and representatives of UNICEF would participate in the programme. A culture programme would follow.

REMISSION FOR FEMALE PRISONERS: The State Government has decided to give special relaxation in the imprisonment of women prisoners on the occasion of International Woman’s Day.

Under this order all those women who were given life imprisonment after December 18, 1978 and had completed 14 years of imprisonment would be released. Likewise, the women prisoners who were not punished with life sentence but completed the half of their imprisonment by March 8,2006 would also get this relaxation.

The Department of Jail however decided to put aside those women prisoners whose cases were investigated under the Delhi Police Special Establishment Act, Central act or any other powerful agency. Beside those women prisoners who are habitual criminals and facing the imprisonment for not depositing the security amount would also not get the benefit of the relaxation.

Similarly, prisoners under Dowry Prohibition Act, corruption, terrorism, hawala excise, smuggling, Civil Right Prevention Act and a few more of the same kind of crimes would not be able to get benefit of this.

AIR PROGRAMME: The Primary channel of Akashwani and all centre of Vividh Bharati would be broadcasting various programmes on occasion of the day. They would include programmes on the topics of women empowerment, dowry system, female foeticide, legal rights of women and others.

AIDWA: The All India Democratic Women’s Association would organise a colourful programme at the Neelam Park from 1.00 pm onwards to mark the day. The participating women would present their opinions and problems in forms of songs and other cultural items. They would also take of united struggle against injustices to women, a press release by district president Saifia Akhtar and secretary Devyani Ghosh has said.


Ministers’ greetings
MINISTER FOR Women and Child Development Kusum Mehedale and Minister of State of the department Meena Singh have extended best wishes to the women of the state on occasion of International Women’s Day.

Mehedale said the government was fully committed to development and welfare of women and efforts were being made to empower women. Urging women to take maximum benefit of government schemes, Singh said sincere efforts were being made for empowerment of women.