Government bringing women volunteers to join Beti Bachao Scheme
‘Save the girl child’ or Beti Bacho has always been a common slogan in India because even today there are people in the country who prefer to have only sons over daughters. So to save girls and to ensure their education, the union government has come up with a scheme called “Beti Bachao Beti Padhao”. This scheme was launched in January 2015 by India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
As per the scheme, the Union government has decided to involve female community workers to work as part of the “Beti Bachao Beti Padhao”scheme so as to improve the child sex ratio in over 100 districts in India which have been classified as gender-critical.
The government is planning that in each of the 100 selected districts, two women community workers will be nominated and trained to work in village gram panchayat level as well as at the urban centre’s ward level. These women workers will be paid minimum stipend for their services.
Earlier, the government has experienced success of a pilot project in 2011, which was executed in the Pali district of Rajasthan. Here women workers proved helpful in educating people of the women’s access to various schemes on welfare. The initiative proved instrumental as it helped in improving the child sex ratio as well as reduced the number of dropouts of girls from school.
Working on the same lines, the union government has now decided to merge the exercise with the Beti Bachao scheme. The 100 chosen districts are the preliminary focus districts under the scheme that have been selected for multiple sector involvement.
The reason for choosing Pali district for the pilot project is because the districts still sees the existence of age old systems like child marriage, low rate of literacy, high rate of school dropouts, purdah system and low work prospects for women.
As per reports of Ministry of Women and Child Development, the pilot project in Pali has helped in increasing the number of women beneficiaries in various government welfare programmes to three-fold in over half of the total districts consisting of 320 gram panchayats. So from 42,160 in 2012-13, the number has now gone up to 1,64,362 women in 2014-15.
And once the scheme extends to reach all the 100 selected districts with least child sex ratio under the Beti Bachao scheme, it will see the women workers in each of these districts promoting birth and enrolment of girls.