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Government to extend Girl Child Campaign

Government to extend Girl Child Campaign

In the wake of alarming girl child ratio, government is taking several initiatives to protect girl child. Beti Bachao Beti Padhao, Sukanya Samridhi Yojna etc. are some of them. With the success of such campaigns the Government has taken a decision to extend the Beti Bachao Beti Padhao scheme to 61 more districts this year. The aim of this move is to improve the skewed child sex ratio. The programme was originally launched in January last year. It was launched in 100 districts with poor sex ratio across the country.

According to a senior official of the Women and Child Development Ministry, the campaign was a success. He said that there was more than 50 per cent improvement in the selected districts during initial months of launch of the scheme. He added that the success of the scheme led to Haryana’s sex ratio at birth for December 2015 to cross the 900 mark with 903 girls per 1,000 boys for the first time in ten years.

The government aims to improve the declining child sex ratio in 100 selected districts from every state and Union Territory through this program. The current level is 918 which is a much skewed number. The government wants prevent gender-biased sex selection and ensuring survival, protection and education of a girl child.

On the occasion of the first anniversary of Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao scheme, President Pranab Mukherjee will host a lunch for 100 women achievers at Rashtrapati Bhavan. The Ministry of Women and Child Development in collaboration with Facebook has selected these women achievers through a nationwide contest and public nominations.

Nominations from 20 different categories were chosen in this contest. They are: Environment, Agriculture, Arts and Culture, Access to justice protecting women and their rights, Education Industry and Entrepreneurship, Healthcare, Hygiene, Science and Technology, Literature, Media and Sports among others.

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