Rural women better empowered

Staff Reporter

Minister hails SHG movement for it

SALEM: The awareness level among women in the rural areas on health and various government programmes increased significantly following the formation of self-help groups, Union Minister of State of Social Justice and Empowerment Subbulakshmi Jagadeesan said.

Participating at a function organised to distribute free colour television sets in Vellaiyampalayam village in Sakagiri taluk on Saturday, the Minister said that women in the rural areas are now better recognised and empowered due to the SHG movement. It had also helped them to a great extent to improve their socio-economic conditions, she pointed out.

The Minister said that the Tamil Nadu government was implementation a number of programmes for the welfare of women, particularly those living in the rural areas.

The pregnant women were being given Rs. 6,000 as assistance under Dr. Muthulakshmi Reddy Maternity Benefit scheme. Financial assistance was being provided for marriage under Moovalur Ramamirtham Ammaiyar Memorial Marriage Assistance scheme.

Listing out various other schemes implemented by the State government, Ms. Subbulakshmi Jagadeesan said a majority of the programmes were aimed at enhancing the quality of life of the people living below the poverty line.

Later, she distributed free colour televisions to 1040 beneficiaries in the village. She also declared open a newly constructed building for anganwadi centre at Sundamettur and a fair price shop at A. Puthur.

She also distributed welfare assistance to the tune of Rs. 2.74 lakh. District Collector N. Mathivanan presided over the function.

District Rural Development Agency Project Officer D. Jagannathan and senior officials were present.

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