Tamil Nadu Social Welfare Board Plans New Innovative Schemes

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Tamil Nadu Social Welfare Board Plans New Innovative Schemes

The Tamil Nadu Social Welfare Board has planned to rope in the support of information technology companies to adopt villages and village schools, its chairperson A. Rokkaiah Malik alias Salma said here on Wednesday.

We have already held a few meetings with IT companies and they were agreeable to take up the projects as part of their corporate social responsibility initiatives. Specific projects will be finalised soon,” she told reporters after chairing a review meeting with representatives of voluntary organisations from Tiruchi district.

Already, Hexaware Technologies has come forward to join hands with the Board to launch an awareness campaign against female foeticide and infanticide in eight districts including Theni, Dindigul, Krishnagiri, Salem, Dharmapuri and Madurai. The UNICEF has also agreed to support the initiative.

A computer literacy training program for rural women was being planned with the support of the Electronics Corporation of Tamil Nadu (ELCOT).

Innovative schemes

The Board was also planning a series of new and innovative schemes and has sought the permission of the Central Social Welfare Board for launching them.

Prominent among these were a special program for transgenders. Under the initiative, short-stay homes, counselling centres and vocational training programs were being planned exclusively for transgenders.

About five to six short-stay homes and five counselling centres were being proposed. “Once introduced, this would be a first-of-its-kind initiative in the country.

We have also sought proposals from the target group, to identify their requirements, to be forwarded to the Central Board,” she said. The Board has also planned to launch a counselling program for school students, especially adolescents, to help them cope up with pressures of competition and failures.

The vocational training program for rural women, including training in autorickshaw driving, would be revived. A mobile counselling centre was also planned for women. The Tamil Nadu State Social Welfare Board was allotted about Rs.10 crore by the Centre annually and the allocation was expected to go up next year for implementing the new programs.

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