WOMEN'S DAY CELEBRATIONS AT SOUTH WESTERN RAILWAY
The South Western Railway, Headquarters Office, Hubballi, organised Women’s day celebration on 7th March, 2018, on the eve of the International Women’s Day.The function was held at the Chalukya Railway Institute, Gadag Road, Hubballi. The inaugural session of the function was presided by Shri Shankar Kumar Albela, the Principal Chief Personnel Officer, SWR. In his address, he emphasised the importance of the day and the various measures taken by the SWR administration for the welfare of women employees.
In the key note address, Smt. Snehal R, IAS and Chief Executive Officer, Zilla Panchayat, Dharwad dealt on the importance of the day and said that women were already empowered andmanaging the home well in their capacities. With increase in number of women in workforce, the lady of the house should additionally train her son on equal footing as she trained her daughter, so that they could take care of their own needs besides helping the other members of the family.
Dr. Suryalakshmi, IRAS, the Deputy Financial Adviser and Chief Accounts Officer, SWR, in her address, advised the women employees of Railways gathered, about the legal provisions on Sexual Harassment of “Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition & Redressal) Act, 2013”. She briefed about the mechanism available for lodging complaints and redressal. Also, Dr. Suryalakshmi, emphasise the working women to use the provision properly and not to misuse the same.
Dr.S. C. Kulkarni, Psychiatrist in his address, guided the working women on various aspects of stress confronted by working women at home, society and at work-place. How to handle the situations arising out of Stress was succinctly explained by Dr. Kulkarni. Dr. Jamuna Kanakaraya, Additional Chief Health Director, moderated the session. Dr.Ramakanth, IRMS, Medical Director moderated the question and answer session.
Ms. Indu IRSS, Assistant Materal Manager and Smt. Radha Rani, IRSS, Assistant Material Manager, Smt. Jayalakshmi Rakop, Asst Genl Secretary of South Western Railway Mazdoor Union spoke on women empowerment and related issues.
In the afternoon session, Dr. Malathi, IRMS, Additional Chief Health Director, gave a presentation on “Healthy Women – An asset to the Nation” and conducted quiz to the women employees on women’s health and general issues related to women.
In the valedictory session, Smt: Deepali Gupta, President of South Western Railway Women’s Welfare Organisation (SWRWWO) was the Chief Guest.The office bearers of SWRWWO also graced the occasion. In the afternoon session various competitions were conducted, followed by cultural programme.Smt. Deepali Gupta, President, SWRWWO distributed the prizes. The whole day programme came to an end with the vote of thanks from Smt: Nagalatha Guruprasad, Assistant Personnel Officer, who coordinated for the proper organisation of the day’s programme. Women employees attended the function in large number.
WOMEN’S DAY CELEBRATIONS BY SOUTH WESTERN RAILWAY WOMEN’S WELFARE ORGANISATION (SWRWWO)
Smt. Deepali Gupta, President of South Western Railway Women’s Welfare Organisation (SWRWWO) inaugurated the International Women’s day celebrations by lighting lamp at Railway Officer’s Club, Hubballi. Smt. Deepali Gupta Spoke on the topic “Press for Progress” and stated that a strong call to motivate and unite friends, colleagues and whole communities to think, act and be gender inclusive. She said that though women have made tremendous progress in all fields, they need to empower themselves. For achieving same outlook on society has to be gender inclusive, she added.
She felicitated the meritorious woman employees of South Western Railway who have excelled in their duties. Women employees of Headquarters office, Hubballi workshop and Railway Central Hospital have attended the function.
A colourful cultural programme was conducted. Smt. Neeta Agarwal, Secretary, Smt. Sunita Gupta, Treasurer and all the executive members & members of SWRWWO, Headquarters attended the function.
SWRWWO has recently got installed Sanitary Pad Vending Machine & Incinerator in South Western Railway Zonal Office Rail Saudha and to SWRWWO’s English Medium School, Gadag road to ensure hygienic practices leading good health of women. Around 100 ladies are working in the Zonal Headquarters Office and there is no shop located nearby area as such the new arrangement benefits immensely to the working women.
One Rest Room for Ladies was inaugurated at Rail Soudha by Shri A.K. Gupta, General Manager and Smt. Deepali Gupta. This will enable women employees of South Western Railway Headquarters in discharging their duties efficiently.
Smt.Radha Yadav, Secretary; Smt.Sunita Gupta, Treasurer and all the Executive Committee members and members of the SWR Women’s Welfare Organisation attended the function.