BY TINAT ATIFA MASOOD
From the city after my heart, Guwahati!
While we started our day on a leisurely note on the morning of Diwali of November 11, after a night of partying and bursting crackers with friends and family, four women were already on their way to work, with their boxes filled with immunization vaccines.
Sikun Rajbongshi, Kamini Choudhury, Devojani Bhuyan, all three Asha Kormis and Kanaklata Boro, a nurse can be seen regularly on a Wednesday morning, neatly dressed, hair tied up in tight chignons, their handbags over their right shoulders, and carrying the familiar blue boxes filled with vaccines while wearing bright smiles on their faces, walking from the Mother and Child Care Centre at Milanpur, Chandmari to different previously planned locations of the Guwahati.
The State holiday on Diwali has not deterred them from carrying out their assigned work in their designated areas around the city, which are pretty far from where they have started.
They have to go to work ’cause the day’s results determines how much money they will take home; their payment for the day depends on the number of vaccinations they give to the mothers and children, who wait eagerly for these sisters.
Thank you and Happy Diwali to these ‘Rainbow Women’, who are making the lives of others more beautiful by the dedication to their work!!
I wish the Central Government resumes the 90% assistance to the ICDS flagship programme so that these rainbow women can live in honour!