Centre has directed all States and Union Territories to organise Special Gram Sabhas and Mahila Sabhas in all Gram Panchayats on Sunday to mark International Women’s Day.
In a letter to Secretaries of the States, Ministry of Panchayati Raj has said, the Gram Sabhas will hold discussions on “Poshan Panchayat”, land rights, education, safety, reproductive health and equal opportunity.
The Ministry has also circulated the broad outlines of a message that will be read out during the course of the Special Gram Sabhas.
The message will highlight issues like the importance of breastfeeding during the first 1,000 days of the new-borns for their ideal physical and mental growth and raising awareness about Child Helpline – 1098.
The Ministry said that the events should be held in partnership with Community Resource Persons (CRPs), Aanganwadi, Asha, Sakhi and Auxiliary Nurse Midwife workers.