IMPHAL: With the aim to support the entire community of widows in the state and as a part of its 4th foundation day celebration of Widow and Orphan Resource Development Trust (WORDT), the trust has observed its 1st Widow Day, 2020 cum gift presentation programme for widows at GM Hall on Monday.
The dignitaries gave away a mini-blanket each to all the widows present during the observation who have been gathered from different parts of the state.
Addressing as the chief guest at the observation, former vice-chancellor of MU Professor Hijam Tombi Singh said that we need collective efforts to attend to all the needs of the widows. There is a culture of looking down upon them in the society instead of extending help or support to the community. In this condition, just think how much they hardships they are facing in the society on their own, he added.
The former vice-chancellor further said that the step which was taken up by this development trust is a huge one especially for the welfare of the community and also a whole for humankind. The problems and difficulties which are being faced in our society by the widows are similar to the one being faced in other parts of the world. The widow’s community should firstly have the awareness of the various schemes and facilities accommodated by the government so that they can approach and get the benefits of the schemes among others, said the former vice-chancellor.
It is the right time to work and make a united effort in order to attain the objective goals, he said adding that our state is one of those where it is hard to maintain a family even if both husband and wife are working, and to imagine how hard it would be for a woman to make it function on her own. He appealed to the community of widows attending the observation to give a collective effort instead of individual efforts to avail of all the opportunities under various schemes provided by the government and other organizations.
While speaking as the guest of honour, Vice-Chancellor of CAU Professor Moirangthem Premjit Singh also said that in order to extend little help and support to the welfare of widows and orphans, we need to adopt a conversation mode. He also shared the hardships of different widows struggling to earn their livelihood in organised sectors like masonry, selling vegetables and others for the sake of their families and children.
He further said that we should not only wait for the schemes, financial support from others but we should have a mindset of coming together for a common commercial goal like forming a Self Help Group (SHG) among the community of widows. We should focus on using creative talents and skills to go forward, he added.
He also shared his various experience helping to different people and community those facing various difficulty in the society. He also advised to all s present there to get the opportunity of various training programme of mushroom farming and others provided by the Central Agricultural University (CAU) and start their own business so that they can stand on their own feet. He also gave assurances that he will extend as much as help as possible.
WORDT’s N Gunindro Singh and retired Professor of Chemistry, MU Dr. Moirangthem Dhaneshwar Singh attended as president and guest of honour respectively.