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Auto drivers to aid in “Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao” drive

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Gurgaon: To strengthen the “Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao” drive, authorities here have decided to seek the help of the thousands of auto-rickshaw drivers to check sex-determination tests, an official said on Monday.

The auto-rickshaw drivers may prove a rich source of information while ferrying pregnant women to clinics, the official added.

Speaking at a meeting here of Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques Act (PC-PNDT) nodal officers from Haryana, Punjab, Delhi and Rajasthan, Gurgaon district commissioner T.L. Satyaprakash said the state has been working on ‘zero tolerance’ basis against sex determination tests.

Satyaprakash said 12,000 auto-rickshaw drivers will be asked to share information regarding women going for sex determination test while being ferried in their autos.

Drivers giving a positive information will be awarded, he said.

The official also sought help and cooperation from a nodal officer from Delhi, Punjab and Rajasthan to curb such tests.

On the occasion, G.L. Singhal, project coordinator of “Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao” mission at the Haryana Chief Minister’s office said the state has noticed an increase in the sex ratio — now the female ratio is 889 against 1,000 men. It was 879 in the 2011 census report.

Haryana has the dubious distinction of having the worst male-female ratio among all states while Kerala fares the best.

(IANS)

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Female Sex Ratio in Haryana reaches 950, CM Manohar Lal Khattar acknowledges “Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao”

Haryana sex ratio has improved rapidly to 950 as gainst the earlier 879

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Haryana, April 11, 2017: Haryana is a state which has been infamous for female foeticide over several decades leading to the least sex ratio across the country. However, time seems to be turning for the female child in the state as the ratio is improving rapidly and has touched a score of 950 for the first time.

The fact was declared by the Haryana state CM Manohar Lal Khattar. Khattar said the figure has been achieved following strict efforts to improve the sex ratio through a sustained campaign as part of the ‘Beti Bachao Beti Padao’ campaign.

“The state government launched a massive campaign by implementing the Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (PCPNDT) Act, 1994, and Medical Termination of Pregnancy (MTP) Act, 1971, and running sensitisation-cum-awareness campaigns promoting girl child,” Khattar said, mentioned PTI report.

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He said more than 430 FIRs (first information reports) have been lodged in the state under the PC-PNDT Act and MTP Act against offenders during last about two years since the launch of the campaign against those who were involved in sex selection and female foeticide.

“Out of these, more than 80 FIRs were registered after inter-state raids in the neighbouring states of Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Delhi and Punjab. All raids were conducted by deploying decoys.”

“Apart from these, more than 50 cases of Sex Selection Drugs (SSDs) being sold by unscrupulous elements promising male child were also detected and FIRs were registered against such offenders under the PNDT Act and Indian Penal Code (IPC),” Khattar said.

The Chief Minister said rampant misuse of MTP kits for illegal abortion purposes by unauthorised paramedics in the state was also detected and culprits were booked under MTP Act, Drugs Act and IPC.

Haryana witnessed the sex ratio at birth crossing the 900 mark in 2016 for the first time.

Earlier, the sex ratio in Haryana was a dismal 879 females per 1,000 males.

-prepared by Nikita Tayal of NewsGram Twitter @NikitaTayal6

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