Hyderabad: The Chief Minister, Mr N Kiran Kumar Reddy felt that the change in the attitude towards the girl child should start from the family, particularly mothers, as they were still facing discrimination in the Society.
The Chief Minister on Friday launched Rajiv Gandhi Scheme forEmpowerment of Adolescent Girls (RGSEAG)- Sabala, at a function in Jubilee Hall here.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr Kiran Kumar Reddy said that literacy rate of females was less than the males as the literacy rate of male was 82 percent while the female literacy rate was 65 percent as per Census of 2011. The male and female ratio was only 1000:914 in 2011 as against 1000:946 in 1951. It was indirectly indicating the increasing female infant mortality. He underlined the need to root out the menace from the society. First of all, there should be no room for discrimination towards girl child in the family, and that would automatically lead to change in the society.
Referring to the existence of dowry menace in the society, he wondered why the social evil was continuing still even though there was a woman in every family. He opined that it was not possible to root out the social evil from the society unless the women unite against it.
“The parents should not impose their decisions on their wards in selection of courses and the students should be given chance to pursue the courses in which they had interest. The accused in the eve teasing were mostly from decent families. It was not possible to check it with only stern action. The parents should counsel their child what was wrong and what was good. ”, he suggested.
SEVEN DISTRICTS IN STATE SELECTED
He stated that life was struggle for men, but double struggle for women. The women should ho ahead with dedication and confidence to achieve their targets and goals in the life. “We may spend huge amount of funds for various schemes. But the results will come only when the benefits reaches the genuine and eligible candidates”, he added.
The Minister for Women Development and Child Welfare, Mrs V Sunitha Laxma Reddy said the scheme Sabala was aimed at covering adolescent girls in the age group of 11 to 18 years in all the ICDS projects in the selected 200 districts across India and on pilot basis, 117 ICDS projects in seven districts of the State – Vishakapatnam, West Godawari, Ananthapur, Chittoor, Adilabad, Mahaboobnagar and Hyderabad were selected for implementation of the scheme.
Under the scheme, the tasks for self-development and empowerment of adolescent girls, improve their nutrition and health and others would be taken up. The Sabala would benefit 7 6,000 adolescent girls in the state.
The Chief Minister also released the book let of Sabala programme and Adolescent Cards on the occasion. He also launched toll free number of Women Development and Child Welfare -1800-45251-096.
Minister for Mines and Geology, Mrs Galla Aruna, MLA, Mr Virasath Rasool Khan, Special Chief Secretary, Mrs Chaya Rathan, Commissioner of Women Development and Child Welfare, Mrs Usha Rani also spoke. The CPDOs from the seven districts and officials also attended the programme. (NSS)