April 12, 2017

Tata Power organises community development programme for women at Male village, Pune

Pune: Tata Power, India’s largest integrated power company, has always adopted a focused approach towards women empowerment by implementing various multi-dimensional development programmes for them. In line with this commitment, Tata Power organised a community development programme for the women and young girls of Male village of Mulshi lake area in Pune district. The programme organised by Tata Power Community Development Trust (TPCDT), in association with Pratham Shikshan Mandal, BVDU Social Sciences Centre and Chaitanya Foundation, was attended by 700 women and young girls from 52 villages of Mulshi lake area.

A speaker addressing the audience at the community development programme in Male village

The objective of the programme was to felicitate women in the village and provide them with a platform to share their experiences of bringing about a positive change in the communities. Among the invitees was Vaibhavi Bhoite of BVDU Social Sciences Centre who informed the audience about the anaemia intervention programme being conducted in 13 villages of Vandre and Pomgaon gram panchayats by TPCDT, under which 226 women and adolescent girls were covered. As a result, post this intervention, there was a 17 percent drop in anaemia cases in these villages. Malti Datir, head mistress of Senapati Bapat Vidyalaya, and Lata Sonawane, social activist, talked about women’s freedom, gender equality and the importance of women empowerment. Four young girls addressed the audience on the benefits of the Life Skill Education Programme introduced in their school, and how it has had a positive impact on their lives. The session also included two skits by school students on female feticide and anti-dowry.

Speaking on the success of the initiative, Ashok Sethi, COO and ED (operations), Tata Power, said, “Tata Power has been relentlessly working towards the development of the local communities in and around its project areas. The company firmly believes that women are central to the social capital of India, and their development is synonymous with India’s development. The objective of this programme was to encourage women and instil confidence in them to stand up for their rights. We are happy with the participation the programme has received from the women of Male village. I would like to thank all the dignitaries for attending the programme and making it a success”.

The programme was graced by the presence of Anjali Wazir, head, Community Relations, Tata Power Company Ltd., along with other dignitaries from panchayats, BVDU Social Sciences Centre and educational institutions.