India has seen a 13-point improvement in the sex ratio in last five years, Women and Child Development Minister Smriti Irani recently said.
While speaking at a function to felicitate states and districts for improving sex ratio, she said the number rose from 918 in 2014-15 to 931 in 2018-19.
Citing an example of Rajasthan’s Nagaur district, where a campaign called “coffee with collector” launched to improve the ratio, she made a strong appeal from states to engage in convergent practices to improve the ratio.
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Under the programme the district collector holds conversation with villagers on how to improve India sex ratio at birth.
“Since the launch of Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao, central and state governments with Janbhagidari have consistently strived to ensure the potential of our daughters is celebrated. These efforts have led to national improvement of 13 points in sex ratio at birth,” Irani said.
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Haryana, Uttarakhand, Delhi, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh were felicitated for improvement in Indian Sex Ratio at Birth (SRB).
Ten districts selected for improvement in SRB were also felicitated during the function.
They are: East Kameng (Arunachal Pradesh), Mahendragarh and Bhiwani (Haryana), Udham Singh Nagar (Uttarakhand), Namakkal (Tamil Nadu), Jalgaon (Maharashtra), Etawah (Uttar Pradesh), Raigarh (Chhattisgarh), Rewa (Madhya Pradesh), and Jodhpur (Rajasthan).
Dinesh Yadav, Nagaur district magistrate, elaborating on the improvement of sex ratio from 917 in 2011 to 965 in 2019, said it was often seen that only men came to hold conversations on the Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao programme.
“We thought there is a need to involve women of the district to spread awareness and we started the ‘coffee with collector’ campaign,” he said.
The BBBP scheme was launched on January 22, 2015. It is being implemented in 640 districts and all districts are covered through advocacy and media campaign.