Chandigarh, February 18 – Haryana Chief Minister, Mr. Manohar Lal has urged the non-government organizations to extend their support in maintaining the continued improvement in sex ratio in the State, which reached 903 girls per 1000 boys (in December 2015), after implementation of Beti Bachao-Beti Padhao campaign in the State. The Government has decided to give the slogan of ‘Beti Bachao-Beti Bdhao, Beti Padhao’ to give impetus to this campaign. The Chief Minister, who was presiding over an Interactive Session with eminent researchers on gender issues here today, said that the Maruti has sent a proposal to the government for setting up a women driving training centre in the State. He said that it was after two-three months of the formation of the present State Government that the nation-wide Beti Bachao-Beti Padhao campaign was launched from Haryana. He said that it was taken as a challenge by his Government because the sex ratio was very alarming in the State.
He said that a special cell at CM Secretariat has been set up with Dr. Yogender Malik as its Advisor. Also, the Pre-natal Diagnostic Techniques Act was being implemented in letter and spirit. He said that the sex ratio in district Sirsa was recorded as 999 per thousand boys. He said that except Rohtak, borders of all districts are connected with other states and the Pre-natal Diagnostic Techniques Act was not being implemented strictly in other states. He said that the issue would be brought to the notice of Central Government through a written communication. Haryana Police has registered cases of violation of the Act in adjoining states namely Delhi, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan as residents of Haryana were involved. This has clearly reflected the intention of the government.
A total of 177 FIRs had been lodged and court had awarded sentence in some cases. The Chief Minister said that a decision has been taken to conduct mapping of all educational institutions to encourage girls towards higher education. Also, a scheme has been prepared to set up girls college in a radius of every 20 kilometers. Apart from this, the Transport Department has introduced special buses for girl students and women attendents have been deputed in these buses. So far, 44 such buses have been made operational in the State. Describing the results of elections to Panchayati Raj Institutions as revolutionary for women, he said that Ms. Yukti Chaudhary, who had studied LLM from Harvard University, has been elected in Zila Parishad elections in district Faridabad, which is a matter of great pride. Expressing satisfaction over improved sex ratio, Women and Child Development Minister, Mrs. Kavita Jain said that this improvement needs to be continued in future.
She said that Prime Minister, Mr. Narendra Modi had mentioned this achievement of Haryana in his ‘Mann Ki Baat’ programme on January 30. The Minister also highlighted various other schemes of the government. Minister of State for Women and Child Development, Mr. Krishan Bedi also spoke on this occasion. Those who expressed their views in the Session included Director and Professor, Department of Women’s Study Research Centre, Kurukshetra University, Prof. Reicha Tanwar, Regional Director Asia, International Center for Research on Women, Mr. Ravi Verma, Director, Centre for Social Research, New Delhi, Dr. Ranjana Kumari, Senior Technical Advisor, PATH, Dr. Rajiv Tondon, Associate Director, Population Service International, Ms. Tanushree Soni, Senior Level Expert and Chairperson, High Level Committee on Status of Women, Ms. Pam Rajput, Research Associate, IIT Delhi, Ms. Paro Mishra and IPE Global, Dr. Needhi. Those present in the Interactive Session included Additional Principal Secretary to Chief Minister, Dr. Rakesh Gupta, Advisor to Chief Minister (Beti Bachao-Beti Padhao), Dr. Yogender Malik, Additional Chief Secretary, Women and Child Development, Mrs. Dheera Khandelwal, Director, Mrs. Ashima Brar and other senior officers of the Department.