Haryana to honour activists for saving, educating girls

Rohtak, (IANS) Haryana will honour activists and organisations playing a significant role in implementation of the ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’ campaign, an official said here on Sunday.

‘Beti Bachao-Beti Padhao’ scheme, which seeks to address gender imbalance and discrimination against the girl child, was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Panipat in January.

One hundred districts have been identified at the national-level with imbalanced gender ratio. These included 12 districts of Haryana, Yogender Singh Malik, the chief minister’s adviser on implementation of the save girl child campaign, told reporters here.

He said the state was setting up ‘balika manch’, or girl platforms in schools to spread public awareness.

Malik said this campaign had an action plan under which merely putting a check on female foeticide was not be enough but it would ensure overall physical and mental development of the girls.

He said the ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’ campaign included putting a check on falling sex ratio, treating anaemia affected girls, providing better education to them and ensuring that the girls do not drop out.

He said for an effective implementation of campaign, the Haryana government would honour activists and organisations at school and district-level.

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