A fair with colour, handicrafts and counselling sessions

November 12th, 2010 - 5:25 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Nov 12 (IANS) Free counselling centres for adolescent girls, handicrafts from far flung areas of the country and a variety of cultural programmes - this fair promises something for everyone.

The women and child development ministry’s five-day Vatsalya Mela will begin at Dilli Haat Sunday.

“The mela will see a whole lot of awareness campaigns on social issues and schemes by the ministry for the benefit of women and children, in the form of skits and plays,” a ministry official said.

“There will be a stall where low-cost, nutritious recipes will be taught to encourage people to eat healthy. There will be stalls by various self-help groups of women who will put up their handicrafts and other artefacts,” the official said.

“The focus of the mela will be on adolescent girls. So there will be counselling and health centres, especially for girls of that age group,” the official added.

Since the fair begins on Children’s Day, there will be cultural shows by kids in the evenings on all the five days.

On the last day, which coincides with the birth anniversary of former prime minister Indira Gandhi, the Rajiv Gandhi Scheme for Empowerment of Adolescent Girls (RGSEAG-SABLA) will be formally unveiled.

The scheme aims to empower adolescent girls by improving their nutritional and health standards and improving their life and vocational skills.

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