Of the over 1.11 lakh adolescent girls in Cuddalore district, 53,000 are found to be nutritionally deficient. Therefore, to improve their health status, supplementary food is being given to them through the anganwadis, according to Rajendra Ratnoo, District Collector.

Flagging off a propaganda vehicle to create awareness about the Rajiv Gandhi Scheme for Empowerment of Adolescent Girls here on Friday, the Collector said that those falling within the age group of 11 to 18 years were called adolescent.

During this period, the girls would undergo significant physical and emotional changes. Therefore, it was the right age to inculcate among them the habit of taking nutritious food, keeping personal hygiene and adopting right approach to life.

Mr. Ratnoo also noted that the scheme was being implemented on a pilot basis in nine districts of Tamil Nadu, including at Cuddalore, Salem, Thiruvannamalai, Ramanathapuram, Madurai, Tiruchi, Coimbatore, Chennai and Kanyakumari. He further stated that the adolescent girls registered with the anganwadis were divided into groups to train them in various aspects, such as how to keep good health, manage the household, child care and to impart entrepreneurial skills.

Mr. Ratnoo noted that for the girls in the age group of 11 to 14 years, and who had dropped out of schools, and all those in the age group of 15 to 18 years, food supplement at the rate of 130 gm a week was being given to them through the anganwadis.

The propaganda vehicle would cover the following places: Kurinjipadi, Kumaratchi, Annagramam, Kattumannarkoil, Mangalore, Panruti, Vriddhachalam, Mel Bhuvanagiri, Parangipettai, Nallur, Khammapuram and Keerapalayam before October 20.

  • The scheme was being implemented on a pilot basis in nine districts of Tamil Nadu

  • Adolescent girls registered with anganwadis would receive training in various aspects