Senior Congress leader and MP Ahmed Patel on Sunday lamented that every year nearly 5 lakh female foetuses are aborted in the country. He was speaking on the occasion of the eighth National Girl Child Day.
The BJP government talks big of ‘beti bachao, beti padhao’ campaign, but nothing concrete has been done for their uplift, he added.
Patel was in Fatehwadi, a minority-dominated area near Sarkhej in Ahmedabad for the inauguration of a trust-run school on Sunday.
Gujarat stands below 15 ranks in terms of education among the states, while the state’s rate when it comes to reading complete sentence in English is merely 9 per cent against the national average of 25 per cent, the MP pointed out.
“Also in Gujarat there is not a single teacher in more than 60 schools while only one teacher each in more than 800 schools. Such is the situation in the state that where there is a teacher, there is no building and where a building exists, but no teacher. Similar is the situation in the health sector. The enrollment, especially in minority, including Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe, is very low. It is very important to encourage them to get their children enrolled,” said Patel.
Talking about national unity and polarisation, Patel said that when we talk of this unity, it means that every Indian’s heart is united and when this is bonding is shattered, polarisation takes place. “It is important for secular minded people to come forward and need to remove inequality and provide social justice to all,” the Congress senior leader said.