TURA, Feb 29: Chief Minister of Meghalaya, Dr Mukul Sangma informed that the government has rolled out a programme for socio-economic development and empowerment of women, through Financial Inclusion and under this scheme seed money will be provided to the female head of the family.
â€œWe can see better success stories when there is complete partnership between the government departments and the stakeholders, therefore we are coming up with such schemes wherein the government is partnering with the people of the State on all interventions on a mission-modeâ€, said Dr. Sangma at the inaugural function of the Silver Jubilee celebrations of Bakdil and the Golden Jubilee celebrations of its parent organization, Caritas India, as the chief guest at Bakdil Training Centre, Walbakgre, on Monday last.
Admitting the problems of health delivery system in inaccessible and difficult areas of Garo Hills, Dr. Sangma said that the State government has been fortunate to have Bakdil as partner in the management of five Primary Health Centres (PHCs) in Garo Hills.
He congratulated both Bakdil Caritas India for bringing about visible transformation in the lives of the people through their social service.
He also announced that Bakdil would be considered as a readymade partner in implementation of the scheme.
The CM also placed his deepest gratitude to the Catholic churches for having invested much to give access to education to the people of the State at large and declared open the Child Helpline Service 1098, which has been initiated by Bakdil.
Director of Bakdil, Fr. Sunny Mavelil gave a presentation highlighting the activities of Bakdil, its history and growth and the current programmes undertaken, while Nikki Davies of Caritas India gave a brief account of her involvement with Bakdil since the last six years.
Others who also spoke on the occasion were the Bishop of Tura, Rt. Rev. Andrew Marak, former Bishop of Tura, Rt. Rev. G. Mamalasery, Deputy Commissioner West Garo Hills, Mr. Pravin Bakshi and the Headmaster of St. Maryâ€™s Secondary School, Tura, Fr. Viju.
A member from the Rabha community narrated in detail how Bakdil had helped the Garo-Rabha ethnic clash victims in relief and rehabilitation, through the funding from Caritas India.