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‘Women’s status in society has started showing upward trend’

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Eager listeners: A section of the participants at the Women’s Day celebrations in Salem on Wednesday. —
Eager listeners: A section of the participants at the Women’s Day celebrations in Salem on Wednesday. —

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Details of government schemes given

SALEM: Various welfare schemes are being carried out by the State Government for the socio, political and economical uplift of women in Tamil Nadu and particularly in Salem district, said Collector N. Mathivanan.

Participating at Women’s Day function organised by Royal Trust here on Wednesday, the Collector pointed out that women’s status in society had started showing upward trend following the implementation of slew of projects and especially after the formation of the self help groups (SHG).

Leaders

He recalled the services of many leaders who fought for the women’s rights. It was appropriate to remember great leaders such as Anne Besant, Moovalur Ramamirtham, Thanthai Periyar and Dr. Muthulakshmi Reddy who steadfastly strived hard for women’s liberation from the social shackles, he said.

He detailed the programmes, which are being implemented by the State and Central Governments for the women’s welfare. In Salem district Moovalur Ramamirtham Ammaiyar Memorial Marriage Assistance

Scheme, Sivakami Ammaiyar Memorial Girl Children Security Scheme, EVR Maniammai Memorial Widow’s Daughter Marriage Assistance Scheme etc., had enabled the women and their children to gain emancipation.

Mr. Mathivanan also drew attention to the State Government schemes such as concession in education, 30 per cent reservation for women, equal rights in properties, free gas stoves, parity in wages in National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme and Thadco loans for Dalits and tribals. Salem Mayor J. Rekha Priyadarshini presided over the function.

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