DC appeals society to not discriminate widows

KHONSA, Jun 24: Tirap Deputy Commissioner PN Thungon appealed to all sections of the society to not discriminate against widows.
“We must not discriminate against the widows. Rather, we should help them in every possible way so that they can lead a dignified life,” the deputy commissioner said while speaking on the occasion of the International Widows Day celebration at New Tupi village, around 14 km from here, on Saturday.
He said that the majority of the widows face social discrimination and live in poverty because they have lost their husbands.
Around 198 widows from 13 villages and the members of the Believers Church under Tirap attended the programme.
The deputy commissioner exhorted the widows to avail the benefits of various government schemes and engage in economic activities for self-reliance.
He, however, advised them to get themselves enrolled for Aadhaar card and open bank accounts to avail these benefits.
Thungon urged the government departments to help the widows avail the schemes.
Earlier, Rongam Rangyang, organizer cum Believers Church leader of New Tupi village highlighted the significance of the International Widows Day celebration to address the issues of widowed women.
Rangyang appealed to the deputy commissioner to help construct the “widows’ hall” and carrying out other welfare activities of the widowed women of the district.
Later, the deputy commissioner, accompanied by the district fishery development officer and field officer of the department, visited the fish farm of one Sommok Teyang, who is rearing fishes in five ponds. Impressed by the Tayeng’s fish farming, the deputy commissioner announced fund from his untied fund for development of three additional fish ponds.
Tayeng’s fish ponds are expected to produce around 3.2 tonne of fishes. (DIPRO)