Celebrating fifty years of Haryana, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said that the state is relatively small but it has contributed in so many areas. Speaking at a Golden Jubilee function in Gurgaon, the most cosmopolitan city of the state, Modi said, “Today is a day to look back at the time when Haryana was formed and the aims with which the state was formed.”
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Modi expressed concern over several incidents of foeticide in Haryana but said the efforts of the present state government have been able to bring down the graph. “In such a distinguished state, female foeticide cannot exist. Haryana has undertaken an effort to ensure female foeticide doesn’t happen,” said Modi. “The daughters of Haryana have made India very proud on multiple occasions. Let every citizen of Haryana pledge to protect the girl child,” he added.
He also commended Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar for some of the districts been declared open defecation free.
“We should make entire Haryana open defecation free during this golden jubilee year and I have full hope that the state can do it,” he said.
Modi asked if every Haryanvi takes one step forward this golden jubilee and the state takes 2.5 crore steps forward, can any state go ahead of Haryana.
Haryana, which was carved out of the then joint Punjab on November 1, 1966, turned 50 today.
“Should we not make Haryana number one? There are many strengths which we are yet to recognise. Haryana that surrounds Delhi can steer the national capital forward,” he said.
On protecting the girl child, he said, “This golden jubilee year, every Haryanvi should take a pledge to save the girl child and there should be no let up in this regard and the girl child will not be allowed to be killed in the mother’s womb. There cannot be a bigger occasion for golden jubilee than this.”
He also thanked the elders and mothers of Haryana who took upon themselves to protect the girl child and helped in improving the sex ratio.
Modi said he has also pondered why in a state with such values, which is always ready to accept new things and has been ahead in many areas, unborn girls are killed in mother’s womb.
He said in such a distinguished state, female foeticide cannot exist and noted that Haryana has undertaken an effort to ensure it does not happen.
“I want to commend people of Haryana that they respected the sentiment when I had begged for saving lives of girls when I launched Beti Bachao-Beti Padhao campaign (from Panipat in January 2015).
“Today, I can say with satisfaction, that people of Haryana respected this sentiment. Gender ratio has improved in the country and if any state is making fast improvement in this, it is Haryana,” he said, noting that the daughters of Haryana, who have not just just Haryana proud with their feats, but the entire country.
(With inputs from agencies)