Chief Minister, Meghalaya, Dr. Mukul Sangma, inaugurated the newly built Working Women’s Hostel located at the Mission Compound in Tura. The inauguration took place on the 6th of January, 2018 and Dr. Sangma dedicated this new asset to his citizens across the State. Dr. Sangma conceptualized the blueprint for the second phase of this hostel which now gets several contemporary amenities as well. The hostel received sanction under the Department of Social Welfare’s Special Plan Assistance and was constructed with a total cost of Rs. 8 crores. The Socio Economic Women’s Society or SEWS, the Garo Baptist Convention run NGO, undertook the building of the hostel.
SEWS will also be maintaining and managing this hostel which can accommodate up to 75 working women. The event was graced by the Deputy Commissioner, West Garo Hills, Ram Singh, G. Arengh, the Deputy Chairman, State Planning Board, SEWS and Garo Baptist Convention officials, Social Welfare Department officials and church dignitaries. Chief Minister Sangma stated that he was delighted to offer this new asset for the overall welfare of working women who often fell prey to circumstances. He talked of how running these hostels were a major challenge and the Government had thus decided to entrust the same to partners like the Garo Baptist Convention.
He also expressed his gratitude to the organization for taking on responsibility and talked of planning future associations for productive and welfare-oriented projects for citizens and the vulnerable societal sections. Ram Singh talked of how the hostel will offer totally safe accommodation to women while Aloysius G. Momin, the President of the Garo Baptist Convention, expressed his gratitude to Dr. Sangma for having faith in the organization with regard to managing and executing this vital project. He talked of how the first phase had accommodation for 70 boarders while the new hostel will now have accommodation for 70-80 more women. L.M. Momin, the Assistant Director, Social Welfare, Shillong, also addressed the gathering along with Ms. Anse Wanne G. Momin, Director at SEWS who presented a report on now the project was executed.