Gujarat’s save girl campaign may be replicated nationally
The ‘Beti Bachao Abhiyan’ of Gujarat government could soon be replicated at the national level as the Union government feels it has been a success in improving the child sex ratio in the state.
Women and Child Development (WCD) Ministry is mulling implementation of the Gujarat model of the ‘save the daughter campaign’ in all the states as part of its efforts to improve the skewed child sex ratio (CSR) of the country, senior ministry officials said.
WCD Ministry officials will soon start studying the model as implemented in Gujarat, where the campaign was initiated in 2005 by Prime Minister Narendra Modi when he was the chief minister of he state.
“We have our own action plan to halt the decline in the child sex ratio, but we also want to examine and study the Beti Bachao Abhiyan campaign to see if that can be replicated across the country,” said an official. The campaign was started after the 2001 Census revealed an overall drop in sex ratio from 934 to 920 women per 1,000 males along with a drop in CSR from 928 to 883 in Gujarat.