Genesis of CGWWA
CGWWA stands for Coast Guard Wives
Welfare Association commonly called 'Tatrakshika'. Tatrakshika is an organisation set up, run and managed by the wives of Coast Guard Personnel. The motto of CGWWA is 'Self Help' and every member voluntarily contributes her time, talent and skills towards improving the quality of life within the Coast Guard community.
The Coast Guard Wives Welfare Association has been active since the inception of Coast Guard
in 1977. However it formally came into existance on 29 November, 1994
when it was registered as "Tatrakshika" and promulgated a
constitution of its own. Since then CGWWA has grown into a multirole
organisation rendering yeoman service to its members.
The CGWWA has an emblem of its own
which was designed in 1996. It depicts the faces of three women
representing the cohesiveness for working together to improve the quality
of life in Indian Coast Guard.
Objectives of CGWWA
CGWWA aims at empowering every Tatrakshika through varied educational schemes, giving ample opportunities for self improvement, self expression and also self employment, thereby helping her to evolve into a well rounded confident and responsible person. It also aims at keeping the wives of all personel in touch with each other and encouraging a cooperative spirit amongst its members for mutual benefit.
From an organisation originally set up for the welfare of only Coast Guard families, Tatrakshika has in recent years, extended its arms beyond the service to encompass a wider circle of people, particularly the families of civilians in the service.
CGWWA also help women, children and senior citizens from underprivileged sections of society on a regular basis, and in times of natural disasters mobilises relief material for the affected or displaced victims.
seeks to transform women as independent and strong individuals, through
realization of their true potential. The family has always been the soul
of the Armed Forces. Strong families, guided by capable women, not only
provide the right thrust and impetus to the service, but also help make
a better society.
Thinking Big and Aiming Higher
The essence of CGWWA charter is to
further the interests of the Coast Guard family and consequently of the
Coast Guard. The aim of Coast Guard Wives Welfare Association is to
facilitate an interface at family level between various wings of
the Coast Guard and to inculcate 'Espirit-de-Corps' and a feeling of
belonging among its members. The motto of CGWWA is 'Self Help' and its
focus is to harness the talent and skills of its members, towards
the overall upliftment of the community.
The aim of the Association
are to encourage cooperative spirit and to promote the welfare work of
the Indian Coast Guard; more particularly to fulfill any or all of the
The Headquarters of CGWWA is
located in New Delhi with Regional Headquarters at Chennai (East),
Mumbai(West), Gandhi Nagar(North West) and Port Blair (A&N). The CGWWA
works under the leadership of President who is the wife of the Director
General of Indian Coast Guard.
Every Coast Guard Station has a CGWWA Organisation headed by the senior
most lady as President assisted by Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer
and Co-ordinators for Suruchi(Welfare), Sanjeevan(Health),
Sneha(Outreach), Suraksha(Widow Cell), Saksharta (Literacy),
Srishti(Environment), Sanchar (Communication), Sanskar(Education) and
Sanchita(CGWWA Shop). These officer bearers ensure smooth running of the
Stepping Stones to Bigger Goals
The Coast Guard community is a microcosm of diverse languages, customs
and religions in India. A regular interaction with all ladies is
maintained through conduct of Coffee Evenings/Mornings which are
informal monthly meetings of the wives of Coast Guard Officers and Eps
respectively. The meetings are made more interesting through some guest
lectures, demonstrations and playing games.
A General Body Meeting of CGWWA is held in July every year to mark the
commencement of new session after a summer break of two months. In
addition to his 29 Nov is celebrated as 'Tatrakshika Diwas' in all the
stations of the Coast Guard. CGWWA is also an active participant in all
Coast guard activities conducted during Holi, Diwali, New Year and the
Coast Guard Ball.
Once you have volunteered to join the CGWWA committee, you will become a part of the
decision making body of the organisation. You will have the right
to voice your opinion and offer suggestions or innovations during
committee meetings. As a responsible member you need to comply with a
few unwritten rules.
We have to set aside some of our time for the work we have
chosen to do, and take it as seriously as would our own career. Do not
think of the contribution as a personal favour to anybody. Instead feel
proud that we are doing a social service.
It goes without saying that speaking ill of the organization, its
policies or other members will
only serve to discourage others who may wish to volunteer.
Respect for other members, even with those whom you disagree, is
absolutely sacrosanct. Courtesy in speech and actions cannot be over
Team Work -
Though members have their own portfolios, it is always nice to lend a
helping hand whenever required. Working as a team eliminates unhealthy
competition and is a great stress-buster as well.
Do not mix up your personal and professional lives. Disagreements
between husbands should not arouse enmity between the wives.
Any social work that benefits others, brings its own reward in terms of
high self-satisfaction, self worth and confidence.