Self Help Groups (SHGs) under the National Rural Livelihood Mission today took out a rally against use of drugs and alcohol and to raise awareness on the dangers of teenage pregnancy and early marriage as well as importance of health and nutrition to women.
Around 193 members and 82 SHGs- a total of 13 VOs rallied in their respective localities during this event strictly adhering to the Covid – 19 Protocols laid by the District Administration covering an area of 6-8kms from Belabor Village to Purakhasia Bazar Bridge.
The rally is a first of its kind in the whole of West Garo Hills District and participants were mostly women.
Organised by the Bilcham Cluster Federation of Purakhasia, which was formed under the aegis of NRLM – MSRLS, the rally was actively supported by the District Administration, including DMMU-West Garo Hills , Block functionaries, Police Department, Social Welfare, Health & Family Welfare Department and Local NGOs.
The Self-Help Group members under the National Rural Livelihood Mission raised concern about the evil menace of Alcoholism, teenage pregnancy, Maternal Death which has been major issues and challenges faced by women and their families in many parts of the state, including Garo Hills.
They also reiterated their stand and strong belief that coming together as one through the Self-Help Groups and ultimately through CLF is more viable and achievable to overcome these issues.