Vijayapura selected to be the Centre for BBBP scheme
There has been a steep decline in the Child sex Ration of our country. The number of girls per 1000 boys was 945 in 1991 and is around 918 in 2011. This is really alarming for the nation and everyone should unite towards this cause. The women in the country are being disempowered. There is a massive discrimination between boys and girls right from the time a girl is born, not only this thousands of girls are also murdered before they are even born. Hence to control the child sex ratio an initiative has been launched by the government namely “Beti Bachao Beti Padhao”. This scheme has been launched and being implemented across all the towns and cities, covering all the states of India. The Beti Bacho Beti Padhao movement is focused around 100 selected districts with very low CSR. This is a joint initiative of Ministry of Women and Child Development, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and Ministry of Human Resource Development.
Vijayapura is a district in Karnataka and is selected among the remaining 100 districts to be the center for implementation of the Beti Bachao Beti Padao Scheme. Here the scheme will aim around the strategies to be implemented for balancing the CSR (Child Sex Ratio) in the country. The BBBP scheme is an initiative of the Union Government and is also very valued by our Prime minister. He has been actively involved in the progress of the initiative and also for spreading awareness about the scheme.
For an effective launch of the scheme the Centre has worked to identify majorly three types of districts. These include the districts with a low CSR rate, the districts that have maintained CSR from a long time and others where the CSR keeps on fluctuating. Vijayapura is one of the districts where the CSR is quite fluctuating, according to S.T. Talawar, Deputy Director, Women and Child Welfare Department.
In one of his speeches with Hindu, he revealed that the Centre had selected Vijayapura district as the Centre according to the readings of the census report for the years 2001 and 2011. He further added that there was a massive fluctuation in the CSR according to the readings for both the years.
According to the report there were 928 females per 1000 males in the year 2001 in Vijayapura district. The states female population was 945 whereas for the complete country was 927. Moreover, the stats speak that there was an increase in the female population per 1000 males in 2011. It became 931 in the Vijayapura district. The state female population was 962 and 918 was the figure for the complete country.
After observing these fluctuations the Centre decided to select Vijayapura as the district where all the improvement programs would be launched for balancing the Child Sex Ratio. The aim of this initiative is to increase the female population by at least eight percent in the coming 5 years, according to the officer.
There should be a mandatory involvement of departments such as Education, Police and Revenue for this drive. Whereas the Women and Child Welfare Department would be the driving force for the initiative. The government has even sanctioned an amount of Rs. 65 lakhs for the BBBP scheme according to Talwar.
According to the plan of action there would be many awareness programs that the government would launch such as street plays to illustrate the negative impacts that the country would face because of the declining female population and also about the laws that would be enforced strongly to prevent female foeticide. These would be held for all villages, urban cities and towns.
The gram Panchayats in the villages would also maintain data on monthly basis for the number of females and males child births in their respective areas. This can help the government to identify the panchayats with low sex ratio and also the causes can be identified to curb the same.