Hyderabad: The former chief minister, Mr K. Rosaiah, has said that the role of non-governmental organizations was immense in respect of addressing the woes of slum dwellers in urban areas since the efforts of successive governments proved nominal despite earmarking huge funds for the purpose over the years.
Mr Rosaiah was the chief guest at the Graduation Ceremony of the Association for Promoting Social Action at Sundaraiah Vignana Kendram, here on Sunday. Some 370 students, who either could not pursue their education beyond the SSC or dropped out later, have been handed over the certificates on the successful completion of their computer courses imparted by the APSA free of cost.
The APSA is a community based organization working in over 100 slums in the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad and also in Bengaluru. It focuses on the empowerment of women and youth dwelling in slums by helping them in improving their skills and to get employment opportunities. It also focuses on their health and hygienic conditions.
Mr Rosaiah lauded the constructive role played by the APSA in guiding some 400 slum dwelling children in getting fit for employment.
Heaping praise on the APSA, the former chief justice of Allahabad High Court, Mr Justice A Laxman Rao, said that over the last 15 years, it has been striving to bring about a change in lives of slum children and women and enabling the youth to get employment. Referring to the state of affairs, especially the political scenario, he said that the situation was a matter of grave concern as the entire system was marked by rampant corruption, disorder and violence. He said that the youth and women are bound to play a crucial role to erase such unwanted situation.
The Managing Director of HMTV, Mr Ramachandra Murthy, said that by providing training to many despaired slum youth and empowering them to get proper employment, the APSA was lighting the lamp in their households. He also said that their success story once again proved that nothing is impossible with the virtue of self-confidence and self-reliance.
The Executive Director of APSA, Mr Laxapathi, the director, Mr Srinivas Reddy and the Musheerabad MLA, Ms Manemma Anjaiah, were also present. (NSS)