Panaji: July 19,2018 …. Women have a place of high respect in our culture. She is the symbol of power said the Minister for Water Resources (WRD) Shri Vinod Palyenkar.

 He was speaking as the Chief Guest at the inaugural function of a ‘Consumer Rights Awareness’ workshop organized to enlighten women regarding their rights as consumers. This workshop was organized by Goa Panchayat Mahila Shakti Abhiyan at Secretariat, Porvorim, recently.

 The Minister said that the Government through its various programmes and schemes is striving to empower women. Women do not lag behind in any field when compared to men. Women excel in every field. He lauded the work done by Mahila Shakti Abhiyan towards woman empowerment and education.

 The President of Goa Panchayat Mahila Shakti Abhiyan, Smt. Nelly Rodrigues explained the purpose of the workshop and appealed to participants to acquire knowledge to strengthen themselves.

 She said through Abhiyan, efforts are being made to organize workshops, health camps, training courses for women with the intention to make them become self employed and self reliant.

 The Convener of GOACAN, Shri Roland Martins who was the key note speaker for the workshop in his address enlightened the participants about their rights and duties as consumers. He also informed that the Government has implemented various laws to safeguard the interests of consumers.

 Smt. Unnati Sahastrabuddhe, President North Goa District GPMSA welcomed the gathering, Smt. Safar Phadte compered the function. Smt Mahima Desai, Treasurer proposed the vote of thanks.