National Commission for Women (NCW) chairperson Rekha Sharma on Monday said that Northeast women should look beyond government jobs.
Rekha Sharma made this statement while addressing the Ukhrul CSOs, NGOs and the district level officers at Ukhrul town on Monday.
There are various Central and state projects and schemes that encourage and provide financial and technical support to the women to start entrepreneurship, she said.
She assured that she will personally address the problems and hardships in matters pertaining to marketing facilities, transportation, internet, etc. at the top brass level to avail facilities at earliest in order to streamline the markets.
Rekha said that the maiden purpose of her visit at the Ukhrul headquarter is to take stock of the ground situation and to solve the problems facing the people, particularly the women community.
She also announced that family counselling centres will now be looked after by the National Commission for Women and will be run very smoothly.
She maintained that working on the ground to achieve the goals by empowering women in all service sectors and bringing socio- economic changes across the Northeast region of India through the intervention of NCW would be their priority.
She also planted a pine tree in her memory at the mini Secretariat compound.
Organised by the Ukhrul administration at DRDA conference hall Mini Secretariat Hamleikhong, Ukhrul, the one-day interaction programme was attended by district level officers, civil societies, NGOs and women leaders of the district.
In her speech, the Tangkhul Shanao Long (TSL) president Thingreiphy Lungharwo highlighted the rampant human rights violation in Ukhrul and Kamjong district by the Indian security forces against the civilians under the draconian Armed Special Forces Power Act (AFSPA).
The atrocities committed against the people are beyond tolerance, she said, citing the incidents at Kumram and Grihang village. “A woman name Rose from Kumrah committed suicide for losing her chastity while another girl Luingamla was shot death for resistance to rape,” she recalled.
She further stated that the AFSPA Act is a symbol of oppression, hate to humanity.
The TSL president also submitted a memorandum to the visiting NCW chairperson demanding withdrawal of AFSPA from all the districts of Manipur for ensuring a peaceful atmosphere.