Nagaland: Mothers, widows meet Smriti Irani; return from national tour

Kohima: A 16-member delegation of the Mothers and Widows Association of Phek District, Nagaland, on a national integration tour met with Union Minister for Women and Child Development and Minority Affairs Smriti Zubin Irani in Delhi before returning to Nagaland.

The meeting with the union minister proved fruitful in providing an avenue to discuss regional issues, mitigation of grievances and awareness of existing and future government schemes, an AR official said.

The women were warmly received on Monday by the Assam Rifles during an official flagging in ceremony by Major General Vikas Lakhera, Inspector General Assam Rifles (North) at Kohima.

For the first time such a tour was organised, official said. The Tour was flagged off from Phek on October 15 to commemorate the International Day for Rural Women.

During the nine-day tour, the women visited the India Gate, National War Memorial, historical tour of Rashtrapati Bhavan, Red Fort, Lotus Temple, Shastri Bhavan, Taj Mahal, Sarojini Market and Delhi Haat.

The tour served its purpose in integrating the women with other parts of the country, leaving them with an experience to hold on to.

Addressing the gathering, IGAR(N) Major General Vikas Lakhera, encouraged the women to work towards further cooperation and upliftment of the Naga society and to encourage participation in future tours which could benefit the common people.

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At the end of flag-in ceremony, all members of the Association were presented with mementos and gifts which was followed by a group photograph to commemorate the occasion.

The members of Mothers and Widows Association wholeheartedly thanked the Assam Rifles for undertaking such a landmark initiative for the upliftment of the Naga society and promised their future cooperation in other such confidence building measures.

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