Chandigarh, April 22 – Aiming to achieve the target of 950 plus Sex Ratio at Birth (SRB) by the end of year 2016, Haryana Government has sought help of neighbouring four states of Punjab, Rajasthan, Delhi and Uttar Pradesh.
In his separate, but identical demi-official letters addressed to the Chief Ministers of these States, the Haryana Chief Minister Mr Manohar Lal has also attached a brief note and a presentation with his letters for their perusal and share the experiences of Haryana adding, “I am confident that concerted and coordinated efforts of both State Governments will help in saving thousands of girls.”
Mr Manohar Lal has drawn their attention towards this vital issue saying, “Deep desire for male child in the society coupled with complex nexus of unscrupulous elements involved in sex determination and female foeticide resulted in skewed sex ratio in the state”. He explained to them the strategy adopted in Haryana which included rigorous implementation of the Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (PNDT) Act and the Medical Termination of Pregnancy (MTP) Act by coordinated efforts of all departments that is Police, Health, Food and Drugs Administration, Prosecution, Women and Child Development and Magistracy, ably led by Deputy Commissioners in all districts. Mr Manohar Lal also urged them to direct all their concerned authorities to take strong steps in coordination with authorities in Haryana, which would surely lead to improve sex ratio in both the States. He added that instructions in this regard have already been issued to all concerned in Haryana.
Mr Manohar Lal said that Haryana had lowest child sex ratio in the country as per census 2011, but now that has crossed the benchmark SRB of 900 for the first time in December 2015. This, he said, could be made possible due to strenuous efforts put in by all Deputy Commissioners since the launch of Beti Bachao-Beti Padhao campaign by Prime Minister Mr Narendra Modi from Panipat on January 22,2015.
Mr Manohar Lal further said in his communication that a massive crackdown was launched to take action against elements selling sex selection drugs and MTP kits, which were freely available earlier. During last one year, he had been reviewing the programme with Deputy Commissioners and Superintendents of Police through video conferences. He said that he did create a small Beti Bachao-Beti Padhao Secretariat in his office to regularly monitor implementation of this campaign with Deputy Commissioners and all concerned. He added that this campaign did not involve additional financial outlays.
While pointing out that more than 200 FIRs were registered against the violators of PNDT/MTP Acts during last about nine months, Mr Manohar Lal also said in communication that more than 25 FIRs were got registered after joint raids in coordination with authorities in bordering states. These included more than seven in various districts of Punjab, eight each in districts of Uttar Pradesh and Delhi and one each in districts of Hanumangarh and Jhunjhnu in Rajasthan. He appreciated the full support extended by Deputy Commissioners and Superintendents of Police of their States for making these cross border raids successful. “Our experience has demonstrated very clearly that notorious elements operate in contiguous districts in neighbouring States also to indulge in sex selective abortions”, he added.