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Seminar highlights NGOs' role in social service

By Our Special Correspondent

VIJAYAWADA, NOV.7. The District Collector, K. Prabhakar Reddy, has underscored the need for non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to take an active role in social service. Though the Government was sensitive to people's problems, its reach and resources were limited, he said.

Delivering the valedictory address at the two-day seminar organised by the Social Work Department of Maris Stella College on `The role of NGOs and their adaptability to present scenario' on Saturday, Mr. Reddy said even the rich faced problems due to urbanisation. Delivering a lecture on `Psycho Social Risk Factors for Suicide', noted psychiatrist, Indla Rama Subba Reddy, explained the reasons that would provoke suicidal tendencies. He said each individual should feel the social responsibility and prevent suicide attempts.

Kumbakonam tragedy

On the second day of the seminar, Bennita, member of the Social Work Department of Stella Maris College, Chennai presented her thesis regarding how her team worked with survivors of the Kumbakonam fire tragedy, helping the people of that town cope with the disaster.

NGOs like the Forum for Child Rights and Navajeevan, which work for street children, also participated in the seminar. Students from Maris Stella College too presented papers .

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