Take effective steps to improve sex-ratio

Bhopal: PCPNDT District Advisory Committees should take effective steps to improve sex-ratio adopting Gwalior model. Gwalior was awarded by the Union Minister for Women and Child Development Maneka Gandhi in the month of January this year for remarkable improvement in sex-ratio. Efforts of the Former Collector of Gwalior Akash Tripathi, P Narhari, Sanjay Goyal and District Level Advisory Committee have improved sex ratio from 881 to 931 girls per thousand boys which is not only in state but extraordinary in the country. These directives were given in a one day long workshop to the district advisory committees on Friday.

Especially those office bearers of 22 advisory committees were called in the workshop where a decline of more than 20 points in sexratio has been registered. Maximum drop of 40 percent has been registered in Rewa whereas no decline has been registered in Harda and Bhind districts.

Nodal Officer Bindu Singhal of Gwalior Advisory Committee informed that a meeting of PCPNDT cell is conducted on third Monday of every month at 5 pm mandatorily in Gwalior. Thirteen talented girls of the district have been brand ambassador for public awareness, hoardings have been put up and calendars beside pamphlets have been prepared and distributed. Girls have become an inspirational source for the society. 32 teams are working to inspect sonography centers. PCPNDT Act is being complied strictly and talented girls are also honoured in public programmes from time to time.

Principal Secretary Women Empowerment Jaishree Kiyawat informed that 13 new districts will be linked with Beti Bachao-Beti Padhao campaign. Bhind, Morena, Gwalior and Datia were included in the scheme started in 100 districts from January -2015 for effective restriction on female feticide. Kiyawat mentioned that the sex ratio was 976 per thousand boys in 1961which is now decline to 952. Decline in sex ratio is being registered with increase in literacy, which is worrisome.

Appropriate Authority of State PCPNDT Dr BM Chouhan mentioned that district must comply the Act strictly, conduct constant inspections and ensure action. He said that beside administration and health department, this evil can be eradicated with the cooperation of society. Chouhan further informed that 19 lakh pregnant women are registered every year and out of these 15 lakh deliveries take place. One to one and half lakh abortions take place as per the law. Hence, district PCPNDT committees vigilantly make people comply the law. State Nodal Officer PCPNDT Vandana Sharma stated that district committees should be empowered and take decisions strictly.