Being the first district in the country, Palakkad is soon going to be declared as the first literate district on HIV/AIDS.
T.N. Kandamuthan, the district panchayat president while talking to the media persons said that the district earned the title with the help of a project that was implemented for the last nine months.
The project was undertaken by the Palakkad district panchayat and KESS-HAPPI, a voluntary organisation.
The name of the project was Jyothirgamaya. 91 gram panchayats along with the help of four municipalities cooperated to implement this project in the district of Palakkad.
This particular project was aimed to increases awareness about AIDS and educates people regarding the discrimination and the social stigma associated with the victims of AIDS.
The governmental officials have spread a message which aims to protect the affected people and to rehabilitate them for a better life to come up to the mainstream of life.
The officers who were responsible and were in charge of the project visited every remote place of the district to provide the information to the uneducated people. The local people have gained a lot of valuable information from the initiative taken by these people.
Pamphlets were distributed to every remote village and household. Classes that were aimed to increase awareness amongst the people were conducted under this project.
Several rallies and quiz contests were also organised by the workers of Asha, Anganwadi and Kudumbasree. Several voluntary organisations also joined hands to make this project Jyothirgamaya a success for the district.