Chennai: Defending her government`s sops such
as distribution of milk animals and electrical appliances to
women free of cost, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa
on Monday described women as "very vulnerable," holding that they,
besides children, needed a support system.
"The distribution of milk animals is to strengthen, the
backyard rpt backyard economy of the women. The distribution
of mixies and grinders, is again, only to spare them, (of)
daily back breaking drudgery," she said at the two-day
conference of District Collectors which concluded here.
Women and children were "very vulnerable," she said and
held that government cannot be lax in ensuring their support
system. "Women should be a special target group women’s
health, hygiene, education, and income generating programmes,
warrant the Collectors` personal attention..." she said.
adding, children and youth issues were her "pet subject."
Government`s prime focus was on agriculture, as a "buoyant
agricultural sector checks migration, restores peace and
happiness, ensures food security and creates vibrant villages."
On the bureaucracy, Jayalalithaa said she had been watching
it since 1991, when she first became Chief Minister and that
she had seen stalwarts, "who turned around ailing companies,
who worked magic in the districts. "
She said the civil servants were the "steel framework of
governance --the repository of the longevity of tradition. This
framework has ensured smooth transitions of governments -- a
continuity, in conformity with the Constitution."
"Somewhere along the journey, a disconnect has crept in.
A complacency has taken over, for which there may be, many
active and passive reasons," she said.
She also made a slew of announcements on the occasion,
most in response to pleas made by Collectors. These included
various infrastructure-related ones such as laying of roads,
besides government revising pension age limit for differently
abled persons from 45 years to 18 years.