First Mercy Ravi award presented to Sheila Dixit
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Last Updated: Saturday, July 16, 2011, 20:49
Kottayam: Union Defence Minister A K Antony today presented the first Woman of Substance award to Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dixit for her "meritorious service to the people."

Speaking at the function, Antony said her contribution towards women's welfare had been approved by all people irrespective of caste, colour or creed. "She created history through hat trick and became Chief Minister thrice," he said.

The award has been instituted by Mercy Ravi Foundation, in memory of Congress leader late Mercy Ravi, wife of Union Minister for Civil Aviation and Indian Overseas Affairs Vayalar Ravi. It carries a cash prize of Rs one lakh, a memento and a scroll of honour.

After accepting the award, Dixit contributed the amount to the Foundation.

In her acceptance speech,Dixit said the Delhi government was ready to offer necessary funds to other states to implement welfare schemes for emancipation of women. She also said 58 per cent of the seats in the March 2012 Delhi Municipal Corporation poll would be set apart for women.

Claiming that Delhi has witnessed progress in various fields, including education, health and also seen a better bureaucracy, she said people of Kerala also contributed their mite for the present development as many people from the state are working in various fields in the national capital.

Dixit said 58 per cent of Delhi Municiapal Corporation's budget is spent each year for the social sector, including welfare of children and women. A sum of Rs one lakh has been earmarked for girls who completed 12th standard to enable them pursue higher education or for meeting their marriage expenses.


First Published: Saturday, July 16, 2011, 20:49

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