Andaman & Nicobar Social Welfare Board Celebrates National Girl Child Day

Port Blair, Jan 29: National Girl Child Day was celebrated by Andaman & Nicobar Social Welfare Board along with District Administration at Kamorta on 24th January, 2019. The Chairperson, State Social Welfare Board, Dr. Poonam Arora was the Chief Guest on this occasion. Various sports and Cultural programmers were organized by District Administration viz., Volley ball, Singing competition, etc. Hodi boat race was the highlight amongst all programme. Many women folk participated in the Hodi race to mark the National Girl Child Day. A Hodi was traditionally decorated by the people of Monak village to mark “Beti Bachao and Beti Padhao”, “Swach Bharat” and “Let’s Votes”. Dr. Poonam Arora has sponsored 15 Mtr long Hodi to Monak Village. This was exhibited after a period of two decades.
School children of different schools of Nancowry Group of Islands were participated in innovative games and recitation. Models created by the School children of different Schools to depict the progress and development required for these Islands were also exhibited.
To encourage innovate ideas, Prizes were distributed by District Administration to Kumari. Afseen (03 years old for Singing); Ms. Janiffer, GTT; GMS Pilpillow and Ms. Sheifaith, GSSS, Teressa; Ms. Gomer Shesly, CHC, Kamorta (DRM); Smt. Shei, Anganwadi worker (Katchal), Smt. Margret Amos, ANM and Smt. Elsie, Sport person.
Dr. Poonam Arora, Chairperson mentioned in her address that the visit to the remotest islands like Makachuwa and especially to Nancowry Group of Islands as a Chairperson acknowledging the problems faced by our women and children here and connecting to the last miles with awareness on schemes and their rights is part of my duty but seeing a new ray of positivity and hope of development after the tsunami was the hard work of the District Administration and Assistant Commissioner Mr Vinay Kumar Jindal in 9 months have done a commendable job.
The Chairperson, Tribal Council Ms. Cicillia Jakallen and Mr. Aslam Majid, 1st Capital has shown very much interest and it is a welcoming sign of implementing various schemes in this remotest part of Nancwory Group of Islands.
Seeing the talents of craftsmanship gives clear indication that if some more encouragement is extended it can open a way for marketing of these handicrafts to mainland thereby they can earn their livelihood and lead a better life. The Villagers of Pillomillow are singers by birth but only they lack formal training and opportunity to participate in regular programme. Some professional training on sports can also change their way of life in a better way. The rowing skills of Hodi by women shows that they are fit to participate in sports like Kayak and Canoe. She expressed that New ANDAMAN slogan starts and completes with the development in the remotest islands of Nancowry, a press release said.

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