The State government is committed to the welfare of women and children, said K. Baskaran, Collector, at Naducauvery village near here on Thursday.

At the grama sabha meeting, the Collector said Rs.12,000 is paid to pregnant women to improve nourishment to child.

They are taken care of before delivery, at the time of delivery, and after delivery. Immunisation is done to children at the Primary Health Centres. The government has also introduced schemes to improve women literacy. Marriage assistance scheme and gold for Mangalyam are some of the schemes to make women continue their studies. Bharathidasan, president of the village panchayat, presided over the meeting.

Budget for the year 2012-13 was discussed at the meeting. Works to be taken under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme, amount to be spent for the works, and beneficiaries list were approved by the grama sabha. People were informed about the caste wise census to be taken up in the village. Public Distribution System records were placed before the people for social audit. The grama sabha approved construction of a separate cremation ground for Adhidravidas, and construction of compound wall for Christian cemetery at Pasar village. People demanded shifting of a liquor shop at Naducauvery village.

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