SHIMLA: Sex ratio in Himachal has improved from 904 for 1000 males in 2008 to 922 as per the latest evaluation. Chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal said this at a public gathering organized to mark government’s ‘Beti Hai Anmol’ programme.
Seeking public support for checking female feticide, he said, “Anyone giving information on femicide or prenatal sex determination would be suitable rewarded and their identity would be kept secret.” ‘Beti Hai Anmol’ was an ambitious programme under which Rs 5,100 is deposited in the account of two baby girls from BPL families. Other than making education free in the state, BPL girl children were also being given scholarships ranging from Rs 300 in class I to Rs 1,500 at plus two level, said the chief minister.
Talking about other schemes targeted at the girl child, Dhumal said the Indira Balika Suraksha Yojna did provide financial incentive of Rs 25,000 to parents adopting permanent family planning modes after birth of a girl child. Besides that financial incentive of Rs 10,000 are being given to each girl of the parents who adopt permanent family planning after the birth of two girl children. The Kishori Shakti Yojna aimed at skill up-gradation of girls aged 11 to 18 years and under Mukhya Mantri Kanyadaan Yojna, marriage grant of Rs 11,000 was being disbursed to BPL families.
The Mata Shabri Mahila Sashaktikaran Yojna, to be launched in the next financial year, would provide 50% subsidy to SC women of BPL families for purchase of LPG connections, he announced.