The national general secretary of the All India Democratic Women Association U Vasuki on Tuesday flagged off a publicity campaign vehicle here at Ariyur, to create awareness among the general population about the need for protecting women and children against atrocities, spiraling cost of living and addiction to liquor and tobacco.
Vasuki said the campaign was part of the State-wide event undertaken by AIDWA and the focus was to highlight the laws and acts for protection of women and children and the need for more stringent laws and policy changes in favour of women and children.
The awareness about the laws regarding women and children among the police officials was low. “We have planned to educate the population about the present scenario about women and children through a publicity campaign with the help of a cultural troop,” she added.
The campaign would emphasise on universalisation of the PDS in the country. While there was a debate about the concept of ‘freebies’ given to poor and their equivalent ‘incentives’ and ‘tax holidays’ were allowed for the corporates by the government, she said and added that, AIDWA wants food security for 90 per cent of the population.
However, the corresponding ratio of the reach of PDS in Tamil Nadu was 62 and 35 percent respectively.
State secretary of AIDWA, SD Sankari said the publicity vehicle carrying 15 volunteers would be touring Vellore, Gudiyattam, Katpadi, Arcot and Wallajah on the first day. Tiruvallur Kanchipuram on the second day, later South and North Chennai on August 17.