The NDA government’s flagship programme ‘Beti Bachao Beti Padhao’, which was initially launched in 100 districts, will now be extended to 61 more districts owing to its success, Women & Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi had said.
Addressing the All India Regional Editors’ Conference in Jaipur, the minister said:
“Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao was the idea of the prime minister and it has delivered good results. Girls are now being born and it is a good sign. Now, the government will add 61 more districts in this programme.”
However, the details of the districts have not been disclosed yet.
The programme was launched by PM Modi at Sonipat in Haryana on January 22, 2015, and seeks to improve the declining trend of Child Sex Ratio in selected districts from the current level of 918 by preventing gender-biased sex selection and ensuring “survival, protection and education” of the girl child.
The programme aims at encouraging the ratio of girl child and promotes their education. According to 2011 Census, the Child Sex Ratio (CSR) has witnessed a decline from 927 in 2001 to 918 in 2011.
As per the ministry’s year-end review report, the programme has been successful with more than 50 per cent districts showing signs of improvement.
“It is a societal change and state governments like Madhya Pradesh, Haryana and Rajasthan are taking serious steps to improve the condition of girl children and create opportunities for them,” Maneka said.
In Haryana, the CSR has now crossed the 900 mark after a decade.
“The sex ratio in Haryana has shown an upward trend as for the first time in 10 years, in December 2015, it has crossed the 900 mark with 903 girls per 1,000 boys,” chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar told PTI.
The state government has taken initiatives like ‘Selfie with daughters’, inviting educated girl in villages to hoist national flag on Republic Day, and strict implementation of Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (PCPNDT) Act, 1994, and Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act, 1971.