As Prime Minister Narendra Modi praised the Haryana government for its initiative to honour mothers of infant girls on Republic Day in his “Mann ki Baat” programme Sunday, Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar gave credit to the state’s multi-pronged strategy adopted for implementation of the ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’ campaign.
Modi, during the programme, appreciated that Haryana and Gujarat governments had the flag hoisted at government schools in villages by the most educated girl in that particular village.
He said Haryana went a step further – it invited those girls who were born in the last one year and honoured their families by offering them seats in the front row at the functions held in schools in the villages. The infant girls were also honoured with medals and sweets.
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Around two lakh girls born between January and December last year were identified by schools in different villages and invitations were sent to them. The invitation letters were addressed to the infant girls.
The initiative, taken by the Haryana Education Department, was aimed at making the families take pride in the fact that they were getting respect due to their daughters.
The Prime Minister had launched “Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao”, the flagship programme of the government, from Panipat in January last year. As many as 12 districts of Haryana were among the 100 selected under this programme for special focus as these were among the worst in sex ratio.
In a statement issued today, CM Khattar said that sex ratio at birth in Haryana in December 2015 witnessed an increase. He said 12 districts recorded sex ratio above 900 in December, 2015, Sirsa topped the list with sex ratio of 999 girls per 1,000 boys.
The officials of the Haryana Education Department are now gearing up for making a presentation on the initiative at the Prime Minister Office.
“We have been intimated that a presentation needs to be made within the next fortnight or so. Confirmation of the date is yet to be received. It is heartening that the initiative taken by us was appreciated by the PM,” said an official of the Education Department.
Khattar also met Modi in New Delhi today and thanked him for praise over improvement in sex ratio in Haryana.
Modi had earlier praised the “Selfie with Daughter” initiative that was started in Bibipur village in Jind district in Haryana in his “Mann ki Baat” programme. He had also talked about this initiative on several occasions, including at Wembley Stadium in UK in November last year. Under this, fathers were encouraged to click selfies with their daughters and send to the village panchayat. The best selfie was given an award.