Chandigarh, Oct 13 (UNI) On the auspicious occasion of Maharishi Valmiki Jayanti, the Punjab Governor and Administrator, Union Territory, Chandigarh, Gen (Retd) S.F. Rodrigues extended his greetings to the people and advocated the need for concerted efforts for the socio-economic empowerment of the disadvantaged sections of our Society.
He said that the Constitution lays special provisions for bringing about social equality and the creation of an egalitarian society and this goal can only be achieved through more effective and meaningful steps, with the focus on developing the potential of have nots.
Describing Maharishi Valmiki as a great spiritual ambassdor and the father of Indian poetry, Gen Rodrigues said that he authored the sacred epic Ramayana, which sets out the path of ideal and virtuous living, universal humanism and the oneness of mankind.
General Rodrigues said for ameliorating the lot of scheduled castes and uplift of the poor strata, the Chandigarh Administration is implementing an ambitious plan for the rehabilitation of slum dwellers under which 25000 one-room tenements were being constructed with all modern facilities to be given them on nominal rent.
A special emphasis was being laid for educating the children of these sections by giving them scholarships and other facilities and slum children were being given training of cutting, tailoring, computer course, beautician course among others.
Financial assistance of Rs 20,000 for the marriage of daughters of widows or destitute women belonging to scheduled castes is also been given.
A scheme of free education for meritorious scheduled castes students whose family income does not exceed Rs 2.50 lakhs is also being implemented to encourage them to join various courses like MBBS, BDS and other professional disciplines.
The real tribute to Maharishi Valmiki is to establish a casteless and classless society, the cherished dream enshrined in our Constitution, he concluded.
UNI JN MMS2006