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Collector writes to women local body representatives

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The Hindu             23.02.2012

Collector writes to women local body representatives

Staff Reporter

Collector Anshul Mishra has written to woman local body representatives in the district asking them not to let their male family members participate in official meetings and functions instead of them.

In the letter dated February 15, Mr.Mishra said there were complaints of male relatives of elected women representatives participating in official meetings instead of women. “This is regrettable and against the Constitution of India. You should participate in official meetings of your local body, public functions and government functions in your capacity as elected local body representative instead of letting your son or husband to take your place,” Mr.Mishra said.


More babies being born with defects

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Deccan Chronicle      27.12.2010

More babies being born with defects

December 27th, 2010

Dec. 26: Out of every 8 million deaths recorded in India each year, four million are babies. India’s high infant mortality rate may be an embarrassment for the health ministry, but another alarming issue is the high prevalence of neural tube defects that affect the brain and spinal cord of the fetus.

In Chennai alone, around 12,000 babies are born with structural birth defects every year, according to the birth defects registry of India. Even as the government prides itself in providing free healthcare to pregnant women and giving out a pregnancy benefit of Rs 6,000, experts here say that pumping a pregnant woman with just vitamin and mineral supplements is not enough.

“Once a woman is pregnant, it is already too late to correct her deficiencies or severe anemia. The only way to prevent birth defects in babies is to treat young women at least three years before they conceive. The government should take steps to provide compulsory folic acid supplements to teenage girls,” says Dr S. Suresh, who maintains the birth defects registry of India (BDRI), which collects statistics from around 700 hospitals across the country.

According to the BDRI, the prevalence of birth abnormalities like cleft lip, cleft palate, down syndrome, autism and muscular dystrophy has not decreased in the past eight years, even as several developing nations have managed to reduce the incidence of birth defects through fortified foods.

“Secondary prevention, by means of diagnosing the defect within the first 15 weeks of pregnancy and terminating the fetus is another option. While we hold life precious, expectant parents have the right to know if their baby is going to be unhealthy and choose whether to have it or not,” adds Dr Suresh.


District specialities at SHG expos

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The Hindu       21.12.2010

District specialities at SHG expos

Staff Reporter
Products of 350 SHGs belonging to 32 districts are on display
— Photo: M. Vedhan

Colourful array:Deputy Chief Minister M.K. Stalin tries a hat at the exhibition of SHG products at Annai Theresa Women's Complex near Valluvar Kottam on Monday.

CHENNAI: Specialities from all districts of the State were brought together at the two exhibitions of products made by self-help groups, which opened in the city on Monday.

Deputy Chief Minister M.K.Stalin inaugurated the exhibitions in the Annai Theresa Women's Complex near Valluvar Kottam and Thanthai Periyar Community Hall at Anna Nagar West.

The Tamil Nadu Corporation for Development of Women is organising the exhibitions that feature products of 350 SHGs belonging to 32 districts. With an enticing assortment of products made from jute, aloevera fibre, terracotta and palm leaves, the exhibitions offer eco-friendly choices for visitors.

While the exhibition at Annai Theresa Women's Complex has 38 stalls, the one at Anna Nagar has 32 stalls.

D.Devi from Karur, dealing in cloth bags and home linen, said “I earn Rs.150 daily. Joining SHG has made me economically independent. I also contribute to the family income. Our group makes different items according to the customers' demand.” Many SHGs have explored new concepts and designs, which is evident from the items, including Christmas tree decorations in jute and palm and bangles made of palm, on display.

Some of the products featured are powerloom saris, artificial jewellery, wooden artefacts, soft toys, bags and ceramic items. At Annai Theresa Women's Complex, demonstrations of doll making and embroidery attracted the visitors. G.Valarmathi of Tiruvallur, said, “I learnt embroidery when I was 10-years-old. Now, I am exporting saris to other countries such as Nigeria and earn Rs.300 daily. Making embroidery on a sari would need ten persons' labour for a day.” Mr.Stalin who launched exhibition said such exhibitions were being held in districts too. Members of SHGs must make use of such opportunities to sell their wares.

Officials of the Tamil Nadu Corporation for Development of Women said the complex at Nungambakkam would soon have a permanent sales showroom of SHG products. The participants would be given training in marketing and customer service at the exhibitions. There are nearly 76.67 lakh members in the 4.86 SHGs created across the State, they said.

Principal Secretary to Rural Development and Panchayat Raj department K.Alauddin, Tamil Nadu Corporation for Development of Women managing director K.Gopal and Vazhndhu Kaatuvom project director Dheeraj Kumar participated.

While the exhibition at the complex near Valluvar Kottam will be on open till January end, the one at Anna Nagar will conclude on January 18 between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m.


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