Social work is an important opportunity to serve the society. Those serving the people selflessly make the nation rich. They are respected and carve a different place in the society. Development of the last person on the social ladder, is development of the nation in the true sense. This was stated by Union Minister for Surface Transport Nitin Gadkari.
Gadkari was speaking during inauguration of Indian Social Work Congress, organised by Matru Sewa Sangh Institute of Social Work, Nagpur; Maharashtra Association of Social Work Educators (MASWE) and National Association of Professional Social Workers in India (NAPSWI), on Thursday. Gadkari relayed video massage, as he could not personally attend the function.
Gadkari said generating awareness and sensitivity among people is necessary in social work. The workers in the field should work for ameliorating the status of the deprived in social, educational and economic sectors. Freedom from pollution, proper health care, lifting economy through employment generation, , skill development and building national spirit are important issues. Gadkari said that he is confident that the National Social Work Congress will deliberate on these issues.
Founder President of MASWE Ambadas Mohite led the theme discussion of the event ‘Nation Development, Vision 2030’/ He said that nation by the year 2030 should be free from poverty, starvation and illiteracy. “We, as responsible social workers have to wo9rk sincerely for achieving the desired goal”, he said. With proper co-ordination between the teachers, students and government machinery this is easily possible.
The Secretary of Matru Sewa Sangh Dr Lata Deshmukh gave information about the journey of MSS, which is entering 100th year of its existence. Organising Secretary Dr Keshav Walke made introductory remarks.
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS:– Executive Member of MASWE Dr Arun Kumar and President of Indian Network of Professional Social Work Association Prof L M Ghasidas; Founder of Gram Niyojan Kendra, Gaziabad Dr Supta Mukherjee and prof K K Mukherjee; Founder of One Family Foundation, Amsterdam Jero Billimoria, Dean of School of Social Work, Boston Prof Gautam Yadma and Prof S M Sajid of Jamia Milia Islamia University were honoured with Lifetime Achievement Awards for working in different fields. They also expressed their views.