PM hails efforts of Haryana, Gujarat towards empowerment of girl child

New Delhi, Jan. 31 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday appreciated the efforts of Haryana and Gujarat towards empowerment of the girl child.

Addressing the nation in the 16th edition of his ‘Mann ki Baat’ program, he said, “On January 26, the government schools of Haryana and Gujarat undertook a special step by asking the educated girls to hoist the national flag. This step taken by them is a great example of ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Badhao’ scheme.”

“I want to express my greetings to Haryana, as there has been a rapid increase in birth rate of girl child in the state,” he added.

The Prime Minister also appreciated the social transformation that is taking place in the country, saying there has been a huge increase in the number of births of the girl child.

For the first time in 10 years, the sex ratio in Haryana has shown an upward trend, with the sex ratio at birth for December 2015 crossing the 900 mark with 905 girls per 1,000 boys.

The Prime Minister’s praise comes in the backdrop of Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar earlier crediting the success of the ambitious ‘Beti Bachao Beti Padhao’ programme to the state government’s multi-pronged strategy.

The Chief Minister said while 12 districts have recorded sex ratio above the 900 mark in December 2015, Sirsa district tops the list with sex ratio of 999 girls per 1,000 boys.

He said a target to achieve sex ratio above 950 within the next six months has now been set for the entire state. (ANI)

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