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Jayalalithaa's name should be recommended for Nobel Prize

Press Trust of India  |  Chennai 

Senior leader and Deputy Speaker of the Assembly, V Jayaraman, today suggested that late J Jayalalithaa's name be recommended for the Nobel Prize in the light of her scheme to prevent female infanticide in the state.

Jayaraman was speaking in the Assembly while participating in the motion to thank the for his address to the House on Monday.

Referring to the 'Cradle Baby Scheme' launched by the former supremo as in 1992, he said the initiative was even lauded by Nobel Peace Prize winner, the late Mother Teresa.

He recalled that the scheme, which was initially launched in Salem, was expanded across the state in a phased manner and claimed it had resulted in a better sex ratio.

Launched during Jayalalithaa's first term as Chief Minister (1991-96), the 'Cradle Baby Scheme' allowed women to hand over their newborns to the anonymously, to be cared by the State.

It was launched to prevent female infanticide, which was rampant in some parts of then.

"Tamil Nadu will not forget Amma (Jayalalithaa), who launched the Thottil Kuzhanthaigal Thittam (Cradle Baby Scheme) which was appreciated by Mother Teresa. Tamil Nadu (government) should recommend Amma's name for Nobel Prize," he said.

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First Published: Tue, January 09 2018. 18:45 IST