JK’s ‘Ladli Beti’ still in gloom

Bharti Jasrotia


Despite launching number of schemes to save girl child, the state as well as central government have miserably failed to contain the declining sex ratio in Jammu and Kashmir, wherein the ratio has dropped from 892 to 883.

As per official report, the female sex ratio has declined from 892 to 883, in which maximum contribution was made by rural areas with skewed decline from 917 to 899.

However, the ‘Ladli Beti’ scheme launched by the state government even failed to take girl child out of this gloom.

According to the data, the child sex ratio (0-6 yrs) in India was 927 girls per 1000 boys in 2001 which drastically dropped to 918 in the year 2011.

The fall in female sex ratio forced the state government to launch some schemes for the betterment of the girl child. Ex-Chief Minster late Mufti Mohd Sayeed launched Ladli Beti scheme keeping in mind the downfall in the female sex ratio.

This scheme was implemented in six districts of the state including Jammu, Kathua, Samba, Anantnag, Budgam and Pulwama.

The scheme was a starting point towards the welfare of the girl child, the responsibility to provide a conducive and protective atmosphere to the girl child rests with the family and the society.

Talking to Newspoint, Director National Rural Health Mission Yashpal Sharma said “We admit that the picture in the state isn’t encouraging. We are increasing checks in nursing homes and clinics and also not allowing purchase of ultrasound machines until the owners are registered ultra-sonologists”

An insider revealed that the reason for the decline in female sex ratio in the state is people are still going for sex determination test if not done in state they do it in neighboring states or at the clinics which are located in the far flung areas.

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