Jammu, December 26 (Scoop News) –Jammu and Kashmir State Branch of Gandhian Global Family (GGF) today organized a felicitation function at Gandhinagar to honour reputed social worker Mrs. Nighat Shafi Pandit, who was recently conferred the National Jamna Lal Bajaj Award-2012.
Mrs Pandita has been awarded for her outstanding work for development and welfare of women and children in the state.
The Minister of State for Power, Tourism and CA&PD, Shabir Ahmed Khan, was the chief guest on the occasion, while president GGF Padam Shree, S. P. Verma was also present on the occasion.
The function among others was attended by a large number of GGF members, including General, J. S. Jamwal (Retd), former chairman, PSC, Mohammad Shafi Pandit, Mrs. Shakuntala Joshi, Jaman Lal, Mrs. Prabha Jain, Pfof. Indira Rathore, Mrs. Abida, Haji Ghulam Nabi Ganai, Mr Zahoor Ahmed and Layzing Tsring, besides representatives of NGOs.
The Minister, while congratulating the awardee, appreciated her outstanding social work which she rendered for empowerment of women and welfare of children in the state, especially during turmoil period.
He said that Mrs. Nighat did commendable job during turmoil in Kashmir – the time when hardly anyone, especially a woman, would have dared to step out of the home to balm the wounds of the people. He said Mrs. Nighat Pandit was visiting alone to affected inmates at Srinagar’s sole mental institution and tried to improve conditions there.
The Minister said that Mrs. Nighat Pandit has been working predominantly and extensively in rural communities of Kashmir and Jammu region. He said in the politically charged environment of Kashmir in those days, she has carved out a space for humanitarian work that is not aligned to the government or separatist groups.
The President Gandhian Global Family, S. P. Verma in his address said that Mrs Pandit also responded to natural disasters and conflict related issues outside the preview of HELPs traditional areas of work. He said she has worked for minority communities like Kashmiri Pandits, Sikhs and other vulnerable sections of the society.
He said the life of Mrs. Nighat Shafi has impacted the lives of hundreds of women and children. He said she has become a mother figure and an ideal for many.