Maneka Gandhi To Hold First Round Of Regional Consultations On Beti Bachao Beti Padhao Scheme In Chandigarh

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NewZNew (Chandigarh) : To initiate the roll out of the Beti Bachao Beti Padhao (BBBP) Scheme of Government of India, the first round of Regional Consultation with 27 District Collectors/Deputy Commissioners from the Northern States of Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Chandigarh UT will take place on 31st October, 2014 in Chandigarh. The inaugural address at the Consultation shall be delivered by Smt. Maneka Sanjay Gandhi, Union Minister of Women and Child Development. The primary agenda of this consultation is to deliberate on the implementation modalities of District Action Plans under this Scheme. The Nodal Ministry for this Joint Initiative is Ministry of Women and Child Development and the Partner Ministries are Ministry of Health & Family Welfare and Ministry of Human Resource Development. In addition to the DCs and State Government Officials, the Consultation shall be attended by Officials from MWCD, MH&FW, MHRD and PMO.

Briefing on the BBBP initiative and the Scheme Guidelines developed for the District Collectors/Deputy Commissioners shall be done during
the consultation. An overview of the implementation of PC & PNDT Act in the country shall also follow. The critical components of BBBP,
namely Media Campaign and Multi-sectoral action in selected districts with adverse CSRs, the Scheme Guidelines and various other matters
shall also be discussed in the Consultation. The BBBP initiative lays focus on strict enforcement of PC & PNDT Act by MoHFW, ensuring girl
child friendly standards in schools including strengthening of School Management committees (SMCs), creation of forums like Balika Manch to
encourage participation of girls, reenrollment of drop-out girls in secondary schools, ensuring availability of functional toilets by MoHRD (School Education) and capacity-building and sensitization of concerned government officials, grassroots functionaries, elected representatives, promote early registration of pregnancy by motivation & incentivizing mothers to register their pregnancy in the first trimester among others.

The formal launch of the Scheme is scheduled at a later date. The Hon’ble Prime Minister, Shri Narender Modi has been requested to launch the Scheme. The trend of decline in the Child Sex Ratio (CSR) defined as per of girls per thousand of boys between 0-6 years of age has been alarming. The CSR declined from 945 in 1991 to 927 in 2001 and further to 918 in 2011. To address this grave issue the Government of India has
announced the Beti Bachao Beti Padhao (BBBP)Scheme.