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“Utilise funds for child, women welfare schemes”

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Steps needed to end female foeticide: Chairperson of Tamil Nadu Social Welfare Board

— Photo: M. Srinath

Working ways: Salma, Chairperson, Tamil Nadu Social Welfare Board, centre, participating in a review meeting attended by non-governmental organisations in Thanjavur on Thursday.

THANJAVUR: Non-governmental organisations (NGOs) should utilise the funds provided by the Government for implementing child and women welfare schemes, said the Chairperson of the Tamil Nadu Social Welfare Board, Rokkiah Malik alias Salma here on Thursday.

Addressing members of NGOs, she said that the State Government headed by Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi accorded due importance to schemes for child and women. The Government has also given importance to the welfare of Aravanis and formed a welfare board for them.

Salma also called upon the NGOs to create awareness among people about the Domestic Violence Act. “Particularly, the misconception that the act is against men should be removed,” she said.

Expressing the concern over increasing female foeticide in the country, Salma said that steps should be taken to put an end to the evil.

Central Social Welfare Board has allotted Rs. 10 crore for Tamil Nadu for implementing various schemes, Mrs. Salma said.

The Collector, M.S. Shanmugham, said that the Social Welfare Department and Board should create awareness among people and even among officials about various welfare schemes implemented by them. Women helpline number is 1091. It should be popularised.

Raja Sulochana, Assistant Project Officer, Tamil Nadu Social Welfare Board, said that the Central Social Welfare Board was formed in 1954. The Board operates 1,400 creches in Tamil Nadu and in Thanjavur district alone there were 69 creches.

The Member of Tamil Nadu Social Welfare Board T. Karl Marx and District Social Welfare Officer Sheryn Phillip, participated in the meeting.

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