Legislation alone will not reduce the incidents of violence against women and children, Minister for Culture K.C. Joseph has said.
Speaking after taking the salute at the ceremonial parade organised in connection with the Republic Day celebrations at Thekkinkadu Maidan here on Saturday, he said change should happen in the attitude and mindset of society.
The country should be able to address the needs of the marginalised along with ensuring total development, he said. “The skyrocketing price of essential goods has made the common person’s life miserable. The government is trying to check the prices by strengthening the Public Distribution System,” the Minister said.
Denying malpractices in the preparation of the Padma award nominations list, the Minister said the list was prepared according to proper guidelines.
The list was submitted to the Cabinet after discussing it at the sub-committee level, he said.
“The Samithy led by Minister of Culture submitted the list to the Cabinet. It was sent to the Centre on time. There was no delay in sending the list.”
Earlier, the Minister unfurled the Tricolour and inspected the parade. The ceremonial parade included contingents of the Kerala Armed Police, District Armed Reserve Police, Local Police, Women Police, Excise department, and the Forest Department.