Mizoram Health Minister Lal Thanzara graced the function as chief guest. Lal Thanzara said the presence of NGOs in the state instituted to do good things for the people is shows the Mizos are more fortunate than others.
Lauding MHIP, Thanzara said the activity of MHIP to empower and elevate the position of women and comforting their members who are the victims of sexual molestation and other atrocities is most comforting and thus deserved praise.
The government and NGOs are taking earnest effort to lessen various crimes related to robbery, murder, drugs abuse and sexual molestation, the minister stated. "Usually when a person involved in such heinous crime is probed, it is found that the person comes from a poor family background. Therefore, everyone has the responsibility to protect and look after his family", Lal Thanzara said.
The minister then said that with the advance of civilization in the present world, the position of women in Mizoram has also been growing. "It is highly grateful that we are now able to have a women representative in the state highest legislature", the minister said.
The minister however, warned that women should not try to come above men. Lal Thanzara also lauded MHIP for its campaign to end consumption of tobacco products.
He said that the drastic campaign by the MHIP to eradicate the use of various tobacco products like tiranga and gutkha which severely affect the health of youths due to excessive consumption.