AS A part of beti bachao beti padhao campaign, over 1,100 Patidar infants born as second girl child during 2105 and 2016 — who have been identified in 14 districts of north and central Gujarat — will be felicitated with special bonds worth Rs 2.13 lakh each in Ahmedabad on Sunday. The bonds that will be deposited in the bank are to be handed over to the girls once they turn 21.
Surat-based Patidar community association Samast Patidar Samaj and Ahmedabad-based Sardar Dham have identified 10,000 girl children born to Patidar community families in the entire state in these two years. Out of these, 1,105 will be felicitated during an elaborate gathering of community leaders from seven different communities are expected to be present on Sunday.
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“There was no other criteria for selection of these 1,105 recipients of ‘Badshah Sukanya Bond’ except that they already have a first girl child and again a second girl is child born to Patidar families and those who cannot afford their education and upbringing. From Ahmedabad alone, there are 316 such girls and 286 from Mehsana district that has a skewed sex ratio. The only aim of such a campaign is to promote girl child and eliminate the imbalance in the sex ratio,” said T G Zalavadia from Sardar Dham.
The organisation has even announced that if any other community wants to undertake such a campaign, they would be offered a financial assistance of 33 per cent. As per the organisers, leaders of Ahir community has already expressed their interest in replicating the same within their community. “Not only Patidars, but leaders of nearly 70-80 organisations have extended their support to this cause. Other community leaders including Thakore, Rajput, Brahmin, Jain, Rabari, Ahir and others would be present for the distribution ceremony,” added Zalavadia.
A similar campaign was first carried out in Surat in 2006 by Samast Patidar Samaj. “We felt that the imbalance has not been reduced between a girl and boy child. Thus, we realised we needed to carry out a pan-state campaign. This is a part of central and north Gujarat campaign out of total 10,000 girls,” he said.