Modi's Beti Bachao Beti Padhao campaign launched in Haryana

Taking one step closer to empower the 'girl child', Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched 'Beti Bachao Beti Padhao' campaign from the State which is notorious for poor sex ratio in comparison to other States. This has probably been one of the main reasons for Prime Minister Narendra Modi for choosing Haryana for Beti Bachao Beti Padhao campaign. Although, this cannot be termed as a proud moment for the State because of its abysmal track record, but surely a positive initiative in given circumstances.

PM Modi launched the campaign from Panipat in view to sensitise people about the girl child as well as prevention of female foeticide and women empowerment.

In his address to the Chief Ministers of all the States and other Government officials and to the people of the country, PM Modi said, 'It is not the only responsibility of the Government but requires collective effort to stop female foeticide.'

Lauding Union Minister Menaka Gandhi and Chief Minister of Haryana for accepting the challenge and choosing Haryana as the platform, Modi said, 'This is a serious concern which needs an immediate attention.'

Posing questions to the mothers of Haryana, PM Modi said, 'People want educated daughters-in-law but think several times before educating their daughters. How can this go on?'

Reminiscing Urdu poet Altaf Hussain, PM Modi said, the great poet had said that girls are our pride.

Invoking Shashtras and Vedas, PM Modi said that even these great books taught to respect girls and women.

Speaking extensively on this issue, PM Modi said, 'We see our daughters as burden, saying girls will leave for their abodes after their marriages but boys will stay here with them forever. Modi said that people who think that boys will stay with them and will take care of them in their old age then they should re-think on this because if that was the case then there would be no old age homes.

PM Modi said, 'We do not have the right to kill the girl child because they contribute equally.'

Remembering an incident of  a boy Prince who had fallen into a bore well, the entire country stuck to TV sets just to see that the boy returns to his home safely. PM Modi also citied example of astronaut Kalpna Chawla who is also from Panipat made every Indian proud.

Therefore, there is a need for a change in the mindset of the people. He said, 'Beta Beti Ek Samaan…this should be our Mantra'.

Citing example of Madhuri Dixit, PM said, 'Madhuri ji is here with. Her mother is unwell but she is in Panipat. She is here with a message to save the girl child.'

I appeal all of you to come and help saving girl child and curtail the menace of female foeticide.

The Government also launched Sukanya Samridhi scheme will empower the girl child. The scheme will cover girls under 10 years which will be tax-free.

Let us pledge to save the girls and this can only happen if we all contribute as a collective society.

PM Modi said, 'We should take them as pride of the country rather than looking at them as burden.' Both girls and boys are important for the development of the nation.

Modi asked all the people at the launch of Beti Bachao Beti Bachao campaign to take a pledge that we will ensure that there is no more female foeticide and we will teach them and treat them equally.

Modi also took a dig at the doctors asking them why do they indulge in unlawful activities of female foeticide.

Earlier in the day, praising PM Modi's and his Government’s effort to make women empowerment a dream come true, Bollywood diva, Madhuri Dixit, who is the brand ambassador of Beti Bachao Beti Padhao campaign said, 'I am very happy to be here. I am very happy to see so many women and children here.'

She also said, 'We have reached the moon and mars but sadly, still some view the daughter as a burden.'

Thanking Prime Minister, Union Minister of Women and Child Development said, 'I thank PM that he took up this issue with seriousness and talked about importance of ‘Beti Bachao Beti Padhao.'

The Minister also said, 'The birth of a girl child must be celebrated.'

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Modi unveiled a stamp of Beti Bachao Beti Padhao campaign initiated by Ministry of IT and Communications at the launch.

Currently, Haryana has the ratio of 874:1000 (874 girls born for every 1000 boys), whereas in Jhajjar district it is 793 girls to every 1000 boys.

PM Modi had himself pointed out on earlier occasions that the State cannot be developed until the girl child and women are not treated well and on equal levels. Out of 15 districts in the country which have the worst sex ratio, Haryana alone accounts for nine.

The Prime Minister also called for eradication of the menace of female foeticide from the country and invited suggestions from the citizens on “Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao” on theMyGov portal.

while On the International Day of the Girl Child last year, PM Modi said, 'Female foeticide is a matter of deep shame and a cause of great concern. Lets work together to remove this menace from society.' The Prime Minister also called for eradication of the menace of female foeticide from the country.

Meanwhile, the national average is 941:1000 respectively.

In fact, out of the 100 worst districts in the country for sex ratio, Haryana has 12 districts while neighbouring Punjab has 11. These are the only two States which have the number of districts in double figures. Added to these 23 districts, Chandigarh - the joint capital of both States, too is part of the list.

With Jammu and Kashmir (five districts), Uttarakhand (two) and Himachal Pradesh (one), these five northern States and one UT (Chandigarh) account for 32 worst districts in the country.

Going by Government records, one comes across an alarming trend which is decline in the Child Sex Ratio (CSR), the number of girls per 1,000 of boys between 0-6 years of age, has been unabated since 1961. The decline from 945 in 1991 to 927 in 2001 and further to 918 in 2011 is horrifying and needs urgent attention.

Haryana and Punjab are notorious for sex determination tests to know the gender of the unborn child. In fact, recently, the With the Beti Bachao Beti Padhao scheme things look brighter as the scheme will focus on 100 selected districts, covering all States and UTs. The campaign is a joint initiative of the Ministry of Women and Child Development, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and the Ministry of Human Resource Development.

Moreover, the campaign aims at ensuring stricter implementation of existing laws to prevent sex determination tests, ensuring proper education for girls, improving sex ratio and empowering women.

Even the Chief Minister of Haryana, Manohar Lal Khattar said, 'The declining sex ratio in the State and the country is a cause of concern and the campaign will seek to correct this imbalance. As part of this campaign, a massive effort would be made for the welfare and safety of girl.'

In his tweet, he thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his initiative for the development of girl children. 

The State Government has decided to observe a holiday in all the Government and non-government schools on the day.

The districts where the scheme will be covered include - Mahendergarh, Jhajjar, Rewari, Sonepat, Ambala, Kurukshetra, Rohtak, Karnal, Yamuna Nagar, Kaithal, Bhiwani and Panipat.

Beti Bachao Beti Padhao campaign is the fourth major initiative of the Narendra Modi-led Government after the successful launch of other schemes including Prime Minister’s Jan Dhan Yojna, Swachh Bharat Abhiyan and Make in India.

The Haryana Government has also announced a reward of Rs 1 crore to the village for being the most innovative one with a balanced sex ratio.

To promote the over all development of girl child, the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has launched a special page to Beti Bachao Beti Padhao campaign.

The Beti Bachao Beti Padhao campaign will put the girls on a driver's seat and will become go getter.

Courtesy Niti Central



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