Panaji, Jan 25 (IECurrentAffairs) Goa Health Minister Vishwajit Rane has said that government will soon form cluster of 100 Anganwadis in the state.
Speaking after inaugurating State Institute of Health and Family Welfare and College of Physiotherapy at restored Old Asilo Hospital at Mapusa on Thursday, he said parents from underprivileged background as well as affluent background would be proud to send their children in the Anganwadis which would be better than play school.
Appreciating efforts of the anganwadi workers, Mr Rane said all the programmes of health sector were doing well due to Anganwadi workers who publicize the schemes and create awareness among the people.
Also Swawlamban Scheme was re-launched on the occasion and cheques of Rs 30,000 each was handed over to 100 Self Help Groups.
Mr Rane said the Swawlamban scheme would provide Rs 30,000 to every Mahila Mandal and self help group, a financial assistance on yearly basis. ”The Self-Help Group can avail activities like Bag making, Tailoring, Art and Craft, cooking, etc. This will not only empower women but also encourage them to take up economic activities.
With the help of this scheme, several groups of women can come together and create a corpus to move forward in different sectors. We want to empower women and properly utilize the funds being allocated,” he added.
Mr Rane also said, ”The old Asilo Hospital has a great history to it; we have kept all the heritage related interiors in mind and renovated it for a state of art College of Physiotherapy and Training centre.”
Also present on the occasion were Deputy Speaker Michael Lobo, Deepak Pauskar, Chairman GSIDC, Ryan Braganza Chairperson Mapusa Municipal Council, Merlyn D’souza, Vice Chairperson, MMC Deepak Desai, Director Women and Child Development, Dr Pradeep Naik, Dean Goa Medical College, Dr Sanjeev Dalvi, Director of Health Services, Dr Shivanand Bandekar and councilors.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr Lobo said Government should allocate at least one shop to the self help group so that they could sell their product. ‘Swawlambhan’ scheme would help to empower women, he added.
GSIDC Chairman Deepak Pauskar briefed about the salient features of State Institute of Health and Family Welfare and College of Physiotherapy and said the renovated building was divided into three parts.
The main building consisted of seminar room, auditorium, principal office etc while the south block consisted of kitchen, guests room etc, he said, adding other facilities such as up-gradation of pump house, open courtyard were kept in mind too. Total cost of the work was Rs 10.56 crore, he informed.