The Government has launched ambitious ‘Beti Bachao-Beti Padhao’ campaign to save and empower girl child. The scheme was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi from Panipat in Haryana today. The initiative will also help in spreading awareness about the declining trend of Child Sex Ratio in the country. It will be implemented in 100 districts of the country, including 12 of Haryana where the number of girl child is dismally low.
The objective of the scheme is to prevent gender biased sex selective elimination by strict enforcement of laws with stringent punishment to violators. The Centre will also try to ensure access and availability of essential requirements related to nutrition, health-care, education, protection and elimination of discrimination of girl child.
Haryana has been chosen to launch the nation-wide Beti Bachao-Beti Padhao initiative because of the skewed sex ratio in the state. It has one of the lowest Child Sex Ratio which stands at 879 girls per 1,000 boys as against the national child sex ratio of 918 girls per 1000 boys.
The scheme has been initiated with an initial corpus of 100 crore rupees. It will generate awareness and improve the efficiency of delivery of welfare services meant for women. Appropriate steps will also be taken to encourage girls to express their views and be heard.
They will be given chance to participate actively, effectively and equally at all levels of social, economic, and political leadership. Long term interventions for gender equality will focus on creating enabling environment including employable opportunities, safety and security, mobility and speedy justice.
With inputs from AIR.