International Women’s Day to be commemorated today


 Ms Persy Mary Coutinho Fernandes enjoys the unique distinction of being the first lady motor vehicle inspector in the state of Goa. She exhibited utmost courage and fulfilled her father’s dream. Ms Fernandes joined the transport department in the year 2006 as a MVI.   
“Though initially I was a bit reluctant, I never felt that it was impossible to realise the dream. Since my family members were involved in transport business, it was much easier for me to take up the challenge,’’ she emphasises.
“As a lone woman MVI, I never came across much difficulty at work as I was always helped by my colleagues,’’ she disclosed adding that it was a pleasure to work as MVI and so she could walk the challenging path. 
“I would be pleased to  see more  women take resolutions on the Women’s Day  to  take up the challenging  jobs in the state,  especially as MVI  and  would serve better  and at the same time would   give  company to me,’’  she opined.
Ms Coutinho Fernandes has served in both the district enforcement section and revenue section and is presently working in the Margao transport 
‘Hard to maintain balance between work, family’
MARGAO: Ms Laura B M De Deus, the deputy collector for district level rent control (DLRC) states that a woman officer has to burn the midnight oil to maintain a balance between work and family life.
“There are added responsibilities on the shoulders of women officers. They have to take care of the family along with their work,’’ she said. From being the clerk at the district and session court to the BDO to the deputy collector, Ms Deus has climbed the ladder of success slowly and steadily.
“I always got the support from my colleagues. Being a woman, I did not find any hindrance at work,’’ she said adding that she always tries to understand the visitors, especially the women, because they have a bigger expectation that a woman officer would guide them more aptly.”
After answering the departmental exam, she got the job of block development officer (BDO) in the year 2003. Later, she was posted as the administrator of Communidade, Tiswadi zone and then as a rent control officer. She however states that she always accorded top priority to her job and therefore never compromised on the same.
“Official work should be given more importance if one wants to move up the ladder and also succeed as a home maker,’’ she said.
Commitment essential for success: Sangeeta 
MARGAO: Ms Sangeeta Naik, the joint mamlatdar of Ponda, was promoted and transferred as the administrator of Communidade, South Goa recently more importantly when the issue of Moti-Dongor illegal structures was heating up. 
“The government was confident that I would do justice to the post. Therefore I was posted here. I don’t think this is difficult. I accepted the challenge,” she claimed.  
Ms Naik joined the service in the year 2004 and she was first posted as the joint mamlatdar in Valpoi. After a year, she was transferred to Ponda where she served for almost five years. 
“Most people respect women more so when they are committed at work,” she adds.
Women deserve respect like men, says Triveni
MARGAO: Ms Triveni P Velip, the mamlatdar of Salcete, opines that besides providing income certificates for genuine and deserving persons for availing medical claims, hearing public grievances in an orderly manner is her top priority. 
Ms Velip has proved a hard nut to crack especially when issuing ration cards is concerned. “ I check each and every document while issuing ration cards and to cope up with the delay, I work till late even on Saturdays,’’ claims Ms Velip, who joined as mamlatdar of Salcete on July 27, 2012. She regrets that most of times people forget the extra hours the officials put in by sacrificing their family life.
Ms Velip joined the government service in the year 2007 as a joint mamlatdar and served at Canacona, Margao and other areas. Prior to this posting, she has also served as the assistant director of Civil Supplies Department at Panaji. 
She is of the opinion that though there is full cooperation from the senior officials, especially from members of the opposite sex, a lady officer should create her own image with her administrative skills. “I will adopt the best possible way to serve the people. However I feel that the chair should be respected by the visitors, irrespective of the fact that it is occupied by a lady or a gent,’’ she adds.
Women have proved their worth: Sandhya
MARGAO: “As a woman officer I am proud to serve the people and would dedicatedly work for the growth of the city of Margao,’’ claims Ms Sandhya Kamat, the first lady chief officer of the Margao Municipal Council (MMC) since Goa’s liberation. 
Ms Kamat, who also holds additional charge of the chief officer of Quepem, claims that women have proved themselves by working efficiently and dedicatedly without any negative tags.
“I am also the first lady chief officer in Quepem,’’ she revealed. People assume that she is soft spoken and slow at work, but her way of working is definitely admirable and undisputable.   
“Having served on posts dealing directly with the public, I have developed into a good listener. I always carefully give a patient hearing to the citizens who visit my office before giving a reply. This helps in making the right decisions,’’ Ms Kamat said.
Deepali has led from the front 
MARGAO: Ms Deepali Naik, who presently functions as the additional collector, joined the government services in the year 1996 as a Sales Tax officer in Margao and later was posted at other branches of the same office at Ponda, Vasco and Panaji.
“I take my job as a challenge. Though I always address the difficulties faced by staff members patiently, I have succeeded in maintaining a strict profile,’’ says Ms Naik, who was on December 5, 2012 promoted as Additional Collector II of South Goa.  
Her first promotion came in the year 2003 when she was deputed as the deputy director of administration at the Animal Husbandry department. She was then posted in the department of Excise as assistant commissioner.
Before being elevated to her present post, she had served as the deputy collector (DRO) in Margao and OSD to the chief electoral officer in Panaji. She feels that striking a balance between work and family life is quite tough but not impossible. 
“Luckily, I manage family and work well. We at times should tackle official work with a sense of belonging. There is a need to build up a good relationship with the public and when that is achieved, the officer can successfully complete the given job,” Ms Naik adds.  
When asked how she manages to work in a ‘difficult’ taluka like Salcete, Ms Naik said, “When you are good to people, they reciprocate and maintain a good rapport. I will try to continue the good work in Salcete.”    
Except for the peon, all other employees at the office are women. She leads from the front by maintaining punctuality, creating a friendly atmosphere and delivering good performance.  [NT]