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Trends of   Tranformation  at Cuddalore

Massive effort to have a healthy sex-ratio.

The National Council for Science & Technology Communication (NCSTC) is mandated to communicate science & technology (S&T) to masses, stimulate scientific and technological temper and coordinate & orchestrate such efforts throughout the country

                    

        Cuddalore district is one among the 100 districts in the country to have an unfavorable sex-ratio. This district has at present only 896 females for 1000 males as against the national average of 914 females for 1000 males. Unfortunately, this is the only district in TamilNadu having this image despite the State being one of the forerunners in the progress of women.

 

        As  soon as this fact came to be known, the district administration in Cuddalore launched  an all-out war to remove this stigma. Rightly, the Centre also pitched in. As the Central Government launched the Beti Bechao Beti Padhao movement, a decision was taken to mount a massive awareness programme on the theme in Cuddalore. The three-day  programme Public Information campaign organized by Press Information Bureau, Chennai in collaboration with the district administration was a great success, as people, particularly women and girl students enthusiastiacally participated in all the events. Interactive sessions in between the events are indicative of the women being determined to bring about a change.Most of the participant women expressed their view that dowry was the prime reason for the imbalance in the sex-ratio, though they cited the protection of girls in the prevalent social  milieu and economic  burden of bringing up them and the belief that only boys will look  after parents in the evening of their life.

 

        Speakers at various forums of the campaign drove home the point that these are all myths and are no longer valid in the background of massive transformation taking place in the  life of women. Smt. Amuthavalli, Managing  director,  Tamil Nadu women development corporation, participating in one of the seminars underlined the point  that girl child is no longer an economic burden, as the Government is implementing programmes for pregnant & lactating women, providing  free education and reserving jobs and facilitating opportunities to get  gainful employment.

 

        The district administration's  effort  to prevent the incidence of foeticide is unparalleled. It has constituted committees at all villages in the district for creating awareness as well as preventing foeticide. Shri S. SureshKumar, District Collector said that the functioning of scan centres were being vigorously monitored and disclosed that four scan centres had been ordered to close down the shutters for the illegal act of determining the sex of foetus. Speaking about the economic security for the girl child, the collector said that a good amount of awareness had been created in the district about the Sukhanya Samrudhi Yojna and the response had been good. So far,  about 47,000 girl children have been enrolled in the scheme.

 

        The District employment officer Shri M. Karunakaran, who has visited various colleges in the district for disseminating information about the availability of training facilities, said from his own experience that the response from girl students was good.

 

        Everybody connected with the mission, working hard, the ignominy of the district having an unfavourable  sex ratio, will sure to be removed earlier than expected. In fact, when the Field Publicity Officer, Pondicherry Shri T. Sivakumar, who was anchoring a programme in which top officials of the district administration were present, said that Cuddalore district would be the first one in the country to rebalance the sex ratio, there was a thunderous applause both from the audience and officials at the stage.

 

        The response augurs well for the trends of transformation taking place. Almost all the participants were optimistic about a bright future waiting for the women. A college girl Ms. Rani puts it "the future is ours, we will dominate every field".(This feature was prepared by the PIB team from the venue of PIC at Cuddalore.)

 

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