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ONE DAY STATE LEVEL WORKSHOP ON ELDERLY WOMEN’s LIVELIHOOD APPROACH INCOME GENERATION PRESENT SCENARIO IN MANIPURProceedings of the one Day State Level Workshop on “ Elderly Women’s Livelihood Approach Income Generation Present Scenario In Manipur”, on 14th May, 2012, at CourtHall, New Administrative Block, Manipur University, Canchipur, Imphal. Sponsoredby Department of Social Welfare Govt. of Manipur, Jointly Organized by ManipurUniversity Working Women Association and Alzheimer’s and Related Disorders Society of India Manipur Chapter, Imphal The Inaugural function of the one Day State Level Workshop On “ Elderly Women’s Livelihood Approach Income Generation Present Scenario In Manipur” was held at CourtHall, New Administrative Block, ManipurUniversity, with Prof.H,N.K. Sharma, Vice- Chancellor, Manipur University, as Chief Guest and Prof. Ksh Bimola Devi, Former, Dean School of Social Sciences, Manipur University, as President, Smt. R.K.Nayansana Devi, Chairperson, Manipur State Social Welfare Board, Govt. of Manipurand Shri Thingnam Joychandra Singh, Women Development Officer, Department of Social Welfare, Govt. of Manipur were the Guests of Honour respectively. The function was started with Welcome Address and Key Note Address given by Prof. P. Madhubala Devi, President , Manipur University Working Women Association. In her key note address she has highlighted the problemfaced by the elderly women such as gender base discrimination often stemmingfrom the deep rooted cultural and social bias, compounded by other forms of discrimination base on class ,caste, disability, illiteracy unemployment and maritalstatus, She also focused on the patriarchal hierarchy dining property rights to the elderly Women. Elderly women when compared with elder men don’t have timefor leisure or recreational activities, Suffering from chronic illness and disabilities in later life than men. Women suffer greater non-communicable diseasesand experience lower social and mental health status especially if they are single and or widowed. This was followed by the speeches delivered by the guests of Honour Smt. R.K. Nayansana Devi said that, God is Invisible; Mothers are physicians appointed by God. God Could Not be Everywhere! So, He invented Mothers: to care ; Protect you. When your Mother requires care from her family is she getting it ,You Ignoredor taken lightly ‘your mother’s problems. and Shri Thingnam Joychandra Singh in her speech the importance of elderly women in society in Manipur were Highlighted and the nature of their livelihood and income generation approach were focused, and emphasized as an important area of study.Prof.H.N.K. Sharma, V.C. of M.U., Who was the chief Guest of the function, stressed the importance of women in society and the need of their empowerment for thedevelopment of the society as a whole. He also appreciated the one Day State Level Workshop on Elderly Women organized by Manipur University Working Women Association and Alzheimer’s and Related Disorders Society of India , Manipur Chapter.He could like to encourage such Workshop on Women Particularly Elderly Women.Prof. Ksh. Bimola Devi in her presidential speech has pointed out the importanceof the study elderly women in the present day society. The need for care and attention to given to the elderly women by the members of the family is called for. The vote of thanks of the Inaugural Function was given by Shri. H. SanamatumSingh, Editor & General Secretary, Alzheimer’s & Related Disorders Society of India, Manipur Chapter, Imphal.
 
The First technical session of the workshop was started 1.00 pm with Prof. Madhuri on the Chair. Prof. Bimola has Delivered Lectures as resource person on thetopic , Elderly Women: Issues and Challenges” She elaborated highlighted why elderly women has become an issue to be studied and discussed in the 21st century.. She also presented the Challenges faced by the elderly women both in the family as well as in the society. She had emphasized on the need to frame a policy onthe elderly women by Government.Dr. Robita Sorokhaibam, Second resource person on the session had discussed theprospect on income generation for the aged womenwith her lecture on the topic” Aged Women: An approach to income Generation”. The real situation of the person is to be critically examine. Accordingly the natureof the income generation is to be identified in two approaches , Traditional approach(Agriculture, Agarbati making, Horticulture etc) and Non-Traditional Approach( Credit an saving groups, job creation scheme, family business etc). She Concluded her topic with a moral that we should love and respect elderly women. The 2nd technical session was chaired by prof. Ksh Bimola . The first recourse person was Dr. L. Kunjashwori Devi, delivering lectures on problem and prospectof elderly women. She had Pointed out the Problem faced by the elderly women suffering from dementia. The lack of care and attention of the elderly women havecreated more problems for these elderly women . She mainly focussed on the needof giving health care services by the members of the family to the elderly women suffering from dementia.Dr. Ksh. Somendro of Director, Institute of Co-operative Management, Lmphel, emphasized in the growth of SHG’s among women to generate their own income in Manipur. He had also cited many cases on the successful working of SHG’s that directly helps in the empowerment of women as well as in earning livelihood andadditional income for the elderly women.The two session had very interesting interaction among the participants and theresource persons. The panel discussion of the workshop was held at 4.00 p.m. with the chairpersonof both the sessions and four resource persons on the basis of the lectures delivered by the resource persons and the interactions the members minutely discussed about the recommendations. After through discussions, the following recommendation were made:1.It is necessary to find out the percentage of elderly women in the Manipur both Valleys and hills according to the 2011 census.2.The Percentage of unmarried elderly women and disabled elderly women’s isto be classified clearly on the basis of 2011 census,3.The Old- age pension given to the elderly women is to be raised at least
 
above Rs.1000/- per month.5.Old-age home for the elderly women is to be provided by the Governmentand separate homes for physically challenges, and mentally retarded, Alzheimer’sand Dementia, elderly women.6.Medical and health care services are to be provided periodically.7.Media persons should be made aware of an educated on the issue and challenges faced by the elderly women in the family and society.8.The Government should provide recreation centres for the elderly women including religious norms and practices to be observed by the elderly women belonging to different religion.9.Incentives are to be given for the formation of SHG’s of elderly women bythe concerned departments of the Manipur of and the Central Govt. and other funding agencies.sd/-sd/-Prof. P. Madhubala Devi H. Sanamatum SinghPresident General SecretaryManipur University Working Alzheimer’s and RelatedWomen Association, Canchipur Related DisordersSociety, Imphal -795001 of India Manipur ChapterAssembly Road Imphal-795001Copy to:1.The Honble Prime Minister, Govt. of India.2.The Honble Speaker, Lok Sabha, Govt. of India.3.The Honble Chairman, Rajya Sabha, Govt. of India.4.Hon’ble Chairperson, United Progressive Alliance new Delhi5.Hon’ble Minister, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment Govt. ofIndia.6.The Hon’ble Minister , Ministry of Women And Child Development Govt. ofIndia.7. The Hon’ble Minister Ministryof Development for North East Region Govt.ofIndia.8.The Chairperson, National Commission for Women, New Delhi.9.The Chairperson, Central Social Welfare Board, New Delhi.10. To His Excellency The Governor, Govt. of Manipur 11. Hon’ble Chief Minister, Govt. of Manipur. 12 . Hon’ble Minister, Social welfare Govt. Manipur 13.Hon’ble Minister, Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Govt. Of Manipur14.Deputy Commissioner, Govt. Of Manipur, Whole Nine District in Manipur

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