Srinagar, October 8 (Scoop News) – s. Usha Vohra, First Lady, has called for the highest attention being paid to female education as it is a crucial factor for securing economic self-reliance and empowerment of women.
The First Lady, as Chief Guest, was addressing after giving away cheques of small loans to the women entrepreneurs at a function organized by the Kashmir Women Credit Cooperative Ltd. (KWCCL) on the occasion of its 5th Annual General Body Meeting held here today.
s. Vohra observed that an educated woman plays a vital role in the overall development of the entire family and, consequently, to the development of the society at large. She stressed that an educated mother is better placed to take care of the family and the education of her children which, in turn, contributes towards the harmonious growth of the community and the larger society. She said that besides having unparalleled natural beauty, the youth of
Referring to the KWCCL, the Lady Governor said that such institutions need to be promoted for securing the larger welfare of women. She congratulated s. Nighat Shafi, Chairperson KWCCL, for developing a vibrant organization. On behalf of the Governor, she announced support of rupees one lakh to the KWCCL for enlarging its activities, particularly to include women who could not pay to even gain membership of the Credit Society.
The First Lady gave away Share Certificates to the members of the KWCCL and also honoured two women members of this Cooperative for their outstanding contribution towards its functioning.
s. Nighat Shafi honoured s. Vohra by presenting a Memento to her on this occasion.
Earlier, in her welcome address, s. Nighat Shafi, Chairperson, KWCCL, dwelt on the aims, objects and present activities of the organization and its future action plan. She said that the total membership of the KWCCL has gone upto 1500 while, till date, 200 women members had been provide small loans.
Two members of the KWCCL who expressed their views about the organization said that the micro loans provided by this Cooperative had enabled them to set up their income generating units. This, they said, has helped them to supplement the incomes of their families and make them self-reliant.
Among those who spoke on this occasion included s. Khem Lata Wakhloo, s. Soz, s. Nusrat Andrabi and s. Neerja Mattoo.
Ms. Ayesha Salim, Executive Director, KWCCL, presented a Vote of Thanks.
Prominent among those present on the occasion were M. S. Pandit, former Chairman, State Public Service Commission, functionaries of the KWCCL, and its members.
A brief cultural programme comprising a skit and a song was presented by the children on this occasion on the theme of women empowerment.