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Lucknow | Saturday, Jan 23, 2016

Union Minister of Micro, Small and Medium Scale Industries Kalraj Mishra, while expressing great concern for the condition of Widows of Varanasi and Vrindavan, said that BJP government was all set to initiate several measures to ensure their dignity and welfare in the near future.

The Minister was addressing a large number of widows, who came here from Vrindavan and Lucknow to take part in a programme on the occasion of the birth anniversary of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose here, today.

Pointing out the mindset of society towards the widows in general and Vrindavan in particular, he said they have been ignored, so far. Mr Mishra said Prime Minister Narendra Modi is committed for the welfare of Widows and he promised to take steps soon.

Mr Modi, during his yesterday’s visit to Varanasi, referred about the condition of Widows and promised to make provisions for their welfare.

On the occasion, Mr Mishra lauded the efforts taken by s Sulabh International for the welfare of widows in Vrindavan and Varanasi. He said other organisations should come forward to extend a helping hand to the old-aged widows.

These widows from Vrindavan and Varanasi are visiting Lucknow for the first time.They have been invited by Bandhu Mahal, an organisation that works for the welfare and social upliftment in Lucknow.

Speaking on the occasion, Sulabh founder Bindeshwar Pathak said he has launched a campaign against widowhood and urged political parties to support it.Sulabh has been playing a leading role in adding mirth to the lives of the widows by providing financial support to around 1500 widows in Vrindavan and Varanasi and organising functions for them from time to time for social engineering. Holi, Deepawali and other rituals are being organised for them. On a routine basis, Sulabh provides them medical facilities and vocational training, besides meeting their day-to-day needs so that they do not feel left out during the twilight years of their lives.In the wake of Supreme Court directives, Sulabh takes care of around 1000 widows living in various ashrams in Vrindavan.UNI MB RJ AE 1758

— (UNI) — C-1-1-DL0098-553790.Xml

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