FROM chocolates for women at the Suvidha Centre in Mukstar, rose buds in Ludhiana’s Bhai Bala Chowk to special benches for women in the Ludhiana courts, the two districts found different ways to mark International Women’s Day on Tuesday.
The Suvidha Centre in Muktsar was extra clean on Tuesday and Sakshi Sawhney, assistant commissioner under training (ACUT), greeted women, coming in for different work, with a box of chocolates. Women were also given priority at the Centre.
“It was meant to make the women feel special. We are also holding week-long celebrations to mark the day and it began on Monday and will continue till March 13,” the ACUT said. In Fazilka, the Suvidha Centre was open only for women on Monday (March 7) despite it being a public holiday. Fazilka deputy commissioner (DC) Isha Kalia was at the centre to talk to women.
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In Ludhiana, the Aam Admi Party’s (AAP) women wing distributed rose buds to women commuters at the city’s Bhai Bala Chowk. The district adminisbank and DCB bank under their CSR activity.
Apart from this, NGO Pehal, run by SAD councillor Tanvir Singh Dhaliwal, installed 100 benches at the mini secretariat as the complex has very less space for public to sit. “Our focus is on women and children who find no place to sit when they come for various work. This is the reason that we chose women’s day for this installation,” Dhaliwal said. Ludhiana DC Ravi Bhagat was present when the benches were dedicated to the public. The district-level function to mark International Women’s Day was organised at the Government Senior Secondary School Bharat Nagar, Ludhiana, where the DC also dedicated one sanitary napkin vending machine.
NGO to ‘shame’ drinkers
An all women NGO, Belan Brigade, fighting against liquor vends in the state, has decided to ‘shame’ alcoholics by ‘honouring’ those who consume the maximum alcohol from liquor vends located within the Ludhiana MC limits. NGO president Aneeta Sharma said they will organise a special function at the end of March and invite customers who have consumed the most alcohol. “Our brigade has been running a campaign for the past year-and-a-half to get the number of vends restricted, but the government is more interested in revenue. So we will be inviting CM Parkash Singh Badal for this function where we will narrate to him the damage liquor does in houses when it is consumed in excess”.