A businessman from Gujarat, impressed with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’ campaign, has donated a bond of Rs 200 crore, according to a Dainik Jagran report. The bond is intended to help nearly 10,000 girls of the Patidar community. The report also said that the community had organised a programme, in which many people from the community took part.
PM Narendra Modi had launched the ‘Beti Bachao Beti Padao” campaign on January 22, 2015 in Haryana ‘s Panipat district. PM had made an impassioned speech to not deny girls opportunities for their welfare and progress. “In our neighbourhood, girls are commonly killed in their mothers’ wombs and we don’t feel the pain,” Modi said in a speech in the northern state. Indian Express quoted him as saying, “We don’t have the right to kill our daughters”.
Last month, the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) had found loopholes in the implementation of Beti Bachao-Beti Padao campaign, a report by Indian Express had revealed. As per the report, the CAG had found diversion of funds which were meant for the campaign in Panipat district. Its report had stated that over Rs 3 lakh was spent on “preparation” of a “Theme Gate” for entering Panipat after the scheme was launched, while Rs 21.24 lakh were spent for the purchase of 1,800 laptop bags and 2,900 mugs. “The expenditure incurred on the ‘Theme Gate’ was irregular and tantamount to the diversion of funds,” the auditors stated in the report. It had also pointed out that there was no provision for purchase of laptop, bags and mugs under the scheme.
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In its reply, the Haryana Women and Child Development Department had said that the purchase of laptop bags and mugs was made for publicity of the campaign and all materials were printed with the logo “BBBP” and was distributed to the participants.