The Haryana education department has come up with a brilliant way to make families of infant girls proud of their daughters.
On this Republic Day, the department has sent invitations to the families across the state to join the celebration in their localities where they will be seated in the front row.
The state which suffers from skewed sex ratio wants to encourage the birth of girl child. In 2015, the sex ratio at birth was 876.
Invitations, which have been sent in the name of the girl child, were given to families of more than two lakh girls in the state.
The families were recognized with the help of local schools which identified girls born between January to December last year. An official from the department said
“We wanted to make the parents feel that it was because of their daughters that they were receiving respect. We want the perception about the girl child to change.”
Preeti hoists the Tricolour at Government Middle School in Sirsa’s Nejiakhera village on Independence Day
In another initiative of Haryana government, the most educated girl from every village in the state will hoist the tricolor in their respective areas. Further, the girl will part of the school management committee for one year.
The same initiative was taken during last year’s Independence Day with the theme ‘Beti ka salam, Rastra ke naam’ under the ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao programme.’
Payal Arora, 24, who is pursuing Ph.D in Italy, returned to India to hoist the flag in her village Baliyali. She said
“Love for one’s country can never fade. It rather grows when one goes away from the country. I feel humbled and responsible after being given the chance to motivate girls to make it big in life.”
Payal Arora at the Independence Day Baliyali village
Even the Gujarat government
has planned to make most educated girl in the village to hoist the flag.