IEP Chandigarh / Hoshiarpur, November 17
Social Security and Women and Child Development Minister Punjab Dr. Baljit Kaur said that the department has worked very seriously for the all-round development of children and women . She said that while the department is working with determination for the complete development of children through Anganwadi centers, women are also being empowered through one stop centers. She was addressing various programs during his visit to Hoshiarpur today. Meanwhile, she was also given a guard of honor by the district administration in the rest house of the Public Works Department. On this occasion, Director Social Security, Women and Child Development Mrs. Madhvi Kataria, Deputy Commissioner Mr. Sandeep Hans, S.P. (Headquarters) Mrs. Manjit Kaur, District President of Aam Aadmi Party Mrs. Karamjit Kaur, Mrs. Vibha Sharma wife of Cabinet Minister Mr. Bram Shankar Gimpa, Mayor Surinder Kumar, Senior Deputy Mayor Mrs. Praveen Saini were also present. During the visit to Hoshiarpur, the Cabinet Minister participated as the chief guest by inaugurating the ‘Udaarian Child Development Fair’ at the Anganwadi Center of village Dholanwal, while also inaugurating the newly constructed building of the Sakhi One Stop Center inside the Civil Hospital Hoshiarpur. After this, she also visited the old age home, children’s home, special home at Ram Colony camp and met the elderly and children there and assured to fulfill their needs on priority basis. Speaking during the ‘Udaarien Bal Vikas Mela’ fair, she asked the common people to take advantage of the schemes being run by the departments through Anganwadi centers. She asked women to come forward to contribute to this campaign. She said that the purpose of the fairs is to bring forward the children of Anganwadi centers on every front and develop them all round. She also saw the exhibition of nutritious food for children and stalls set up by self-help groups. Meanwhile, children from Anganwadi Centers also showcased their talent. Cabinet Minister Dr. Baljit Kaur, while inaugurating the Sakhi One Stop Center built at a cost of Rs 48.43 lakh in Civil Hospital Hoshiarpur, said that the department is committed to prevent physical and mental violence against women and through the Sakhi One Stop Center, women who suffer from any kind of physical or suffering from mental violence, they can come here and get free legal services, police assistance, housing assistance and health assistance. She said that till now 670 cases have been settled by Sakhi One Stop Center in Hoshiarpur, out of which 342 are related to domestic violence. Apart from this, free medical services have been provided in about 280 cases and free legal services in 71 cases. She directed the employees of the One Stop Center to work with maximum effort and encouraged the women to take advantage of this center. Ms. Madhvi Kataria, Director of Social Security and Women and Child Development, while giving information about the ‘Udaarian Child Development Fair’, said that these fairs are being organized in the entire state till November 20. Under this programme, awareness seminars on a new topic are being conducted at the village level in different Anganwadi centers every day. On this occasion, she also sought suggestions from the beneficiaries and the parents of the children to implement the schemes being run by the department at the ground level. During the inauguration of the Sakhi One Stop Center, she emphasized to make the center accessible to common women, so that less educated women can benefit from this center and the access of these centers is not limite.