This will cost Rs. 85 lakh to the exchequer: Minister

: The State government has planned to screen propaganda films against child marriages through television.

Announcing this in the Assembly on Wednesday, Social Welfare Minister B. Valarmathi said the films would be shown on 60 days of “muhurtham” (auspicious for marriages) as also on the days prior to such days. This would cost Rs. 85 lakh to the exchequer.

There was a need for strengthening district-level awareness campaigns by producing the films, the Minister said, wrapping up the debate on the demands for grants of demands for grants of the departments of Social Welfare, Nutritious Meal Programme and Welfare of Differently Abled Persons.

[A senior government official says that 530 instances of child marriages were reported during 2012-2013 and they were stopped by the authorities. Krishnagiri, Salem, Namakkal, Perambalur, Ariyalur and Tiruchi are those districts where such a practice is in vogue more].

Conscious of the problem of undernourished and under-weight children in Perambalur district, the government would provide additional nutritious meal support of 500 calories for 220 days to children in 370 noon meal centres at a cost of Rs. 3.71 crore.

Likewise, Ariylaur district children, who are suffering from low nutrition level, would be provided sweets and savouries made of millet, measuring 50 grams, for five months. Estimated to cost Rs. 1.29 crore, the move would be carried out on an experimental basis.

To enable those women accused under the Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act to face trial through video-conferencing, facilities would be created at the Saidapet Metropolitan Magistrate’s Court and the Government Home in Mylapore.

A State-level resource centre for women would be established at a cost of Rs. 33.45 lakh, the Minister said, adding that it had been proposed to set up the proposed centre with the assistance of the Union government.

“They will be shown on 60 days of muhurtham”