Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi told on Friday that five districts each of Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh and Kolkata in West Bengal, have recorded maximum fall in sex ratio.
Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi told on Friday that five districts each of Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh and Kolkata in West Bengal, have recorded maximum fall in sex ratio. Gandhi brought this fact to light during Question Hour in the Lok Sabha. She also responded to a wave of questions from BJP MPs Bhartendra Singh, Kirit Solanki and Santosh Ahlawat, Sirajuddin Ajmal from AIUDF and Supriya Sule from NCP, ET Mohammed Basheer from Muslim League, according to an Indian Express report.
Maneka Gandhi also informed the house that for the implementation of Beti Bachao Beti Padhao programme, 100 districts were taken up in 2014 and at the end of the year, 58 districts had portrayed phenomenal results and the sex ratio in these districts had gone up by 100 points. In 2015, the scheme was implemented in 161 districts and more than 100 districts had done ‘extremely well’. Of these, north Sikkim performed the best. In 2014, sex ratio in the district was 831 (831 girls for every 1,000 boys ) and at present, it is 1,009, said Maneka Gandhi.
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Gandhi also added the performance of the scheme on a particular district highly depends on the enthusiasm of the government. She named 11 districts which showed a maximum slide in sex ratio which include Pithoragarh, Hardwar, Dehradun, Chamoli and Champawat in Uttarakhand and Etawah, Farrukhabad, Saharanpur, Etah and Bijnor in UP and Kolkata.
Maneka Gandhi voiced some challenges which the scheme faces. The funds which were allocated did not reach the districts from the state government in time. She also said that the district magistrate who led the campaign “was changed every two or three months”. After a change of government, Maneka Gandhi said, the states were doing better ‘now’. She pointed unrest and violence being another big reason which affected implementation of the scheme. Maneka said, ” Bengal was the “only state which has completely refused to implement the Beti Bachao Beti Padhao Scheme.”