Chandigarh, Sep 27 (UNI) Punjab Governor Chandigarh Union Territory Administrator S F Rodrigues today called upon women to act as catalysts of change and to take a leadership role in different endeavours.
Inaugurating a photo exhibition by 42 women photographers with 85 exhibits at the Government Museum and Art Gallery here, he said women must come forward with innovative ideas and contribute to finding solutions to problems facing the Indian society.
General (retd.) Rodrigues said the women could play a significant role in the programmes like prevention of child abuse and bringing reduction in maternal mortality rate, which were already launched by the Administration.
He said the Administration had undertaken a programme of social transformation in Bapu Dham Colony and this model will be replicated in other 17 rehabilitation colonies in the city. A number of young boys and girls are already on board, contributing in a big way in this social endeavour. Others must also join in this major drive aiming at promoting the cause of disadvantaged sections, he said.
"We need to take this as a challenge and work with commitment and society to improve the life of our people", he added.
General Rodrigues went round the exhibition and encouraged the participants to achieve excellence in their work. He presented awards to the winners of women photography competition.
Home Secretary Krishna Mohan, Government Museum and Art Gallery Director V N Singh, Tourism Director Vivek Atray, senior officers of the Administration and a large number of art lovers were present on the occasion.