Beti Bachao Beti Padhao - Better late than never

Child sex ratio, defined as number of girls per 1000 of boys between 0-6 years of age, has been on decline in India since 1961 - From 945 in 1991 to 927 in 2001, and further to 918 in 2011. Haryana has the worst sex ratio among all States in the country, standing at just 879 females per 1000 males.

Keeping in mind this skewed figure, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch 'Beti Bachao Beti Padhao Scheme' on January 22 at Panipat in Haryana.

In a bid to improve the child sex ratio, the scheme will be implemented through a national campaign in 100 selected districts, covering all States and UTs. It is a joint initiative of Women and Child Development, Human Resource Development and Health Ministries.

Education Strategist Meeta Sengupta said that scheme like this is a great start as country's education sector has been waiting for these schemes and announcements to become a reality. This will facilitate quality education for one and all.

In her article on Niti Central, Aliya Abbas writes that girl children were often killed while still in womb or are abandoned immediately after birth because of socio-economic reasons. Hence, Beti Bachao Beti Padhao aims at making girls independent both socially as well as financially.

In December 2014, during his visit to Varanasi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi denounced the practice of female foeticide prevailing in the country, saying 'there is no bigger sin' than this  and sought the help of people in the field of art and culture in 'shaking' the society so stop the menace.

The objective of Beti Bachao Beti Padhao scheme is to prevent gender biased sex selective elimination by stern enforcement of all existing Legislations and Acts. To ensure access and availability of essential requirements related to nutrition, health, care, education and protection and elimination of discrimination of girl child which can lead to low self-esteem, lifelong deprivation and exclusion from the social mainstream.

To celebrate the birth of daughters, the Haryana Government celebrated 'Beti ki Lohri' on January 14, 2015. More initiatives on these lines will help in spreading awareness further.

Courtesy Niti Central


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