August 20, 2011 1:14:13 am
Home Minister R R Patils daughter Smita made a debut in public life on Wednesday by addressing a rally of women to set up self-help groups (SHGs) in Sangli district.
Smita addressed the womens rally at Anjani,where women from Taasgaon and Kavathe Mahankal (in Sangli district) were guided in self-reliance and economic liberation. Magsaysay Award winner Nileema Mishra was one of the main speakers.
It was my first public meeting and my intention is to create awareness among women from villages in Sangli district about government schemes and make them economically independent, Smita told The Indian Express on Friday.
I have found that in Sangli district,women from villages are not aware of SHGs and very few such groups exist.
She said the intention was also to create a mega platform for women to share their views and experience and thereby create a mutually beneficial larger network.
Asked about her political ambitions,she said,I am not doing this to enter politics.I am interested just in doing social work among women and make them economically independent.
Smita pointed out that her father,known as Mr Clean,was a major influence in her life.
Aba (as Patil is known to his family and friends) told me that something needs to be done for women who live in villages.I am doing just that. This is just the beginning and I am not looking at it as a stepping stone towards politics,but sheer social work for the upliftment of poor women.
Smita,a second-year BA student,is the elder daughter of Patil. Her younger sister is a class XI student and brother a class VII student.
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