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Ambitious "Chalo Gaon ki Ore" campaign launched in New Delhi on Friday

To begin with, it will cover the States of Punjab, Haryana and Delhi, where it will focus on the pressing problem of female foeticide and the missing girl child Campaign will make women in the villages aware about HIV/AIDS, finance schemes and will also sensitise them on how to take legal and police help

NEW DELHI: The National Commission for Women (NCW) on Friday launched an ambitious "Chalo Gaon ki Ore" campaign aimed at empowering women in the villages.

The campaign, launched to coincide with the Commission's Foundation Day, was inaugurated by Union Human Resources Development Minister Arjun Singh. To begin with, it will cover the States of Punjab, Haryana and Delhi, where it will focus on the pressing problem of female foeticide and the missing girl child.

"All the schemes formed post-Independence had the village as their focal point. But somewhere in the middle we lost our way. We assumed what the situation was like in the villages, but did not know the reality," Mr. Singh said.

Mr. Singh also said that women had a lot to contribute to the country's development and called for empowering them at the grassroots level. "It is not just the responsibility of the Commission but for all of us to see that the campaign is a success," he added.

Speaking on the occasion, Union Minister of State for Women and Child Welfare Renuka Chowdhury said the campaign would make women in the villages aware about HIV/AIDS, finance schemes and will also sensitise them on how to take legal and police help.

Union Panchayati Raj Minister Mani Shankar Aiyar called for involving the 12 lakh women Panchayati leaders in the campaign. "These 12 lakh women can get organised and together with the Commission can ensure that the campaign is a success,'' he said.

In her opening remarks, NCW Chairperson Girija Vyas said the reason for starting the campaign in Punjab, Haryana and Delhi was the sharp dip noticed in the sex ratio in these States.

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