Udhagamandalam: “The social security system in Tamil Nadu is the best in the country,” said the Minister for Social Welfare, Poongothai, here on Monday.
Participating in a function organised to distribute welfare assistance to the underprivileged, she said that the State had set up a number of welfare boards to safeguard the interests of various sections of the society including transgenders.
She said that the department was no longer merely playing the role of an agency dishing out doles. It was in the forefront in bringing about suitable changes in the social security system.
The growing demand for funds under schemes such as the inter-caste marriage scheme reflected the attitudinal change that had been brought about in the society.
Ms.Poongothai said that in a phased manner all the orphanages in the State would be provided with own buildings.
Since the members of the orphanage here faced peculiar weather related problems, the Chief Minister would be requested to increase the allocation for the Nilgiris district.
A lot of importance was being given to the enforcement of the Domestic Violence Act. Within two months 31 Protection Officers would be appointed.
Adverting to the efforts being made to create lakhs of job opportunities by providing facilities to multinational companies, she said that the policy of the government was to help the people to help themselves.
The Khadi Board Minister, K.Ramachandran, who presided, said that many welfare schemes which had either been neglected or shelved by the previous regime had been infused with new blood.
Pointing out that the government was sensitive to the needs of the people particularly the poor, he said that the aim of the Chief Minister was to make Tamil Nadu a model State.
The Nilgiris Collector Anandrao V.Patil said that a piece of land extending over 40 cents had been identified for constructing a building for the orphanage.
A sum of Rs. 60 lakh had been allocated for the proposed building and additional funds would be provided under the MLAs Constituency Development Scheme.
Ooty MLA B.Gopalan said that development of women would ensure development of the society. Coonoor MLA A.Soundarapandian also spoke.
Social Welfare Officer N.Tamilarasi welcomed the gathering. Project Officer, Integrated Child Development Scheme, Ramuthai proposed a vote of thanks.