Not long ago, Chandigarh, with high presence of senior citizens leading a quiet, retired life here, was also associated with the empty nest syndrome. That was when youngsters, once equipped with the requisite educational qualifications, flew off to golden shores for lucrative jobs. Despite being a coveted educational centre, the City could not retain its educated youth for lack of job opportunities. Now, the city is happily soaring towards a reverse brain drain and not just those who belong to Chandigarh but also those with high calibre and talent from other cities and even countries, are coming here in pursuit of excellence and success. As the City offers new vistas, now I see on the near horizon good jobs and quality life. With family members staying back, the old are relieved of their loneliness and age related concerns. With the per capita income of the middle classes increasing steadily, the City is poised for a concomitant growth of disposable income of this important section of growing India.
The hand that rocks the cradle rules the world, or so was the adage. Somewhere along the way, we seem to have lost the significance of that hand and today, sadly, women are one of the most neglected parts of society. The Congress has endeavoured to bring about a marked difference in this attitude and thought. And as steadily as the UPA government is taking effective steps to benefit the women in the country, we have to do much more for women of the city so that they become important building blocks of our social infrastructure. With Chandigarh having the highest number of working couples, the emphasis has to be on women’s education, security, safety and independence.
Affordable accommodation is available for working women and girl students and for Senior Citizens in Sector 43, Chandigarh.
- Economically Weaker Sections
- We cannot also ignore women in the slums and labour colonies who constitute an important part of our social structure and work force. Whether it is the anganwaadi worker or the housewife, we have to strive to create access to easy bank loans and capacity building centres such as vocational training and adult education centres and also tap skilled labour among women at home and facilitate market linkages for goods produced by them.
- Loan under Bank tie-up and Micro Financing: Child & Women Development Corporation Ltd. is providing loans up to a maximum of Rs.1.00 lakh under bank tie-up and Rs.10,000/- under Micro Financing Scheme (from its own resources) to the unemployed women for starting and expansion of income generating ventures.
- Shelter Home for Women in Distress: Free accommodation and food, clothing, counselling, legal advice, health service, etc. is available in Shelter Home for Women in distress in Sector 26, Chandigarh.
- Rashtrya Swasth Bima Yojna: The Central Scheme for health insurance provides a cover of Rs.30,000/- per family per year for medical expenses.
- Swalamban: With a contribution of Rs.1200 per year, the beneficiary gets another Rs.3400/- from the Centre and the local Administration.
Works under Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) by WAPCOS
(Ministry of Water Resources)
- Total sanitation campaign in 54 Chandigarh schools.
- Rain water harvesting system installed in 10 schools.
- Vocational training at Manimajra, Colony No.5 and Burail.
- 3500 students given free eye check and many given free spectacles too.