New Delhi: The Women & Child Development Ministry celebrated National Girl Child Day (NGCD) today 24th January, 2019 at Pravasi Bharti Kendra, Chankyapuri, New Delhi. The celebrations also marked the anniversary of Beti Bachao Beti Padhao (BBBP) Scheme. The theme of this NGCD is “Empowering Girls for a Brighter Tomorrow” and celebrating with objectives of generating awareness on the issue of declining Child Sex Ratio (CSR) and create a positive environment around valuing the girl child. Smt. Maneka Sanjay Gandhi, Union Minister for Ministry of WCD was the Chief Guest and Minister of State, Dr. Virendra Kumar was the Guest of Honour for the event. Ms. Kavita Jain, Haryana Minister for Women and Child Development among other dignitaries were also present.
Congratulating the award winning States & Districts on the occasion, Smt Maneka Sanjay Gandhi said that in the last four years, the Ministry has managed to change the mindset of people towards girl child. Enumerating girl child centric measures taken by the Government, she said with combined efforts of States and Centre the Ministry has been successful in implementing One Stop Centres, Panic Button, measures of cancelling passports of NRI marriages, Sexual Harassment of Women at Work Place etc. She thanked the efforts of all the stakeholders in making it possible. Beti Bachao Beti Padhao has been one of the most successful programmes of the Government, the Minister added.
Secretary WCD, Shri Rakesh Srivastav highlighted the achievements under BBBP and steps being taken for all round development of the girl child.
A booklet on “Innovations under BBBP” was also released on the occasion. The Ministry has compiled 38 Innovative Activities from Districts across the country to set an example for other Districts. These interventions have been categorized according to five themes, which are Survival, Protection, Education, Participation and Valuing Girls.
A slide show on various activities under taken by state/UTs and Districts also featured during the programme. A North East choir presented a lively song by Mao students. As per the theme of NGCD, three local champions (Wokha District, Nagaland, Firozepur District, Punjab and Tiruvannamalai district of Tamil Nadu) shared their experiences and highlighted how they are motivating others too. Smt. Kavita Jain, WCD Minister of Haryana and Smt. Rekha Sharma, Chairperson, NCW also address the gathering. A good number of school students participated from Kendriya Vidyalaya, INA Colony, Convent of Jesus & Marry, Bangla Sahib Marg, Air Force Force Senior Secondary School, Race Course, DPS, Police Station Rama Krishna Puram and Sanskriti School, Dr. S. Radhakrishnan Marg, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi
The occasion was also marked by felicitation of the 5 States and 25 Districts under the Beti Bachao Beti Padhao (BBBP) scheme for their exemplary performance. The following States/Districts have been felicitated under the categories as mentioned below:-
|S.No.||Category||Names of States|
|1.||East & North East region||Nagaland|
|4.||South region||Tamil Nadu
|5.||Central region||Madhya Pradesh
|S.No.||Category||Names of Districts|
|1.||Effective Community Engagement- (16)|| i. Raigarh, Chhattisgarh
ii. Senapati, Manipur
iii. KamrupMetropolitan, Assam
iv. Wokha, Nagaland
v. Hoshangabad, Madhya Pradesh
vi. Pulwama, Jammu & Kashmir
vii. Karnal, Haryana
viii. Ferozepur, Punjab
ix. Koderma, Jharkhand
x. Tiruvannamalai,Tamil Nadu
xii. Nellore, Andhra Pradesh
xiii. Firozabad, Uttar Pradesh
xiv. Gadag, Karnataka
xv. Mandi, Himachal Pradesh
xvi. Karimnagar, Telangana
|2.||Enforcement of Pre Conception & Pre Natal Diagnostic Techniques Act (PC&PNDT Act)-( 2)|| i. Jhunjhunu, Rajasthan
ii. Kurukshetra, Haryana
|3.||Enabling Girl Child Education- (7)|| i. Banka, Bihar
ii Bandipora, Jammu & Kashmir
iii. Diu, Daman & Diu
iv. Jhajjar, Haryana
v. Hanumangarh, Rajasthan
vi. North West, Delhi
vii. Gandhinagar, Gujarat
The event culminated by an enlightening cultural programme performed by professional Pantomime group.