Baramulla: A week long awareness programme on “Beti Bacho Beti Padhao” was today kickstarted at Baramulla with District Development Commissioner Dr Nasir Ahmad Naqash as the chief guest. Programme is being organized by ICDS department from 9th to 14th of October during which special campaign with respect to women empowerment, correcting imbalances in sex ratio besides educating people about importance of girl child shall be highlighted.
ADC Baramulla Farooq Ahmad Baba, Joint Director planning,Dy Director ICDS Rashida Akhter, CMO Dr Bashir Ahmad Chalkoo, DSWO Ch. Mudasir Ahmad,Tehsildar HQ Baramulla,Tehsildar Baramulla Dy CEO,and a huge gathering of Students,ASHA and anganwardi workers besides prominent citizens of the areawere present on the occasion.
“Respect rights of females, offer them opportunities without discrimination in every sphere of life, reinforce gender equality to all intents and purposes, conform to the revered traditions of our Prophets and comprehend the message of Holy Book for humanity to give what is due to women – equality”, said DDC Baramulla, Dr. Nasir Ahmad Naqash today during his address.
“The Brand ambassador of this social campaign which was launched by Central Govt. on January 22, 2015, Sakshi Malik, Haryana girl, is symbolic of courage,
determination and will to accomplish what even males couldn’t. She won India
Bronze Medal in Rio Olympics 2016 along with another proud female shuttler
P.V.Sindhu, who got silver. This underlines the importance of nurturing girls as equal to boys in every walk of life. The redundant mindset that girls cannot achieve
heights, a negative consequence of irrational obsolete attitude of society, has been a consistent embarassment for its proponents and proved blatant misbelief time and
again, be it qualifying exams such conducted by UPSC, JKPSC, BOPEE, BOSE,
CBSE, conquering Mt. Everest, reaching for stars, Mars, Moon or whatever, girls
have left their imprints proudly everywhere, provided viable environment, right
opportunities or even most enduring challenges. The need of the hour is to reachout through such awareness camps to every household in the district with dedicated efforts and coordination to prevent sex selective abortions, discrimination in terms of quality education and proper healthcare, and gender bias, so that the purpose of this campaign for correcting imbalances in sex ratio throughout the country is realized”, said DDC.
Speaking on the occasion, ADC reiterated the significance of the campaign
and its positive outcomes ever since its lauch, seriousness of the Central Govt. in
ensuring gender balance; efforts of state govt. and particularly district administration towards making this Beti Padhao, Beti Bachao a grand success in the district.
“J&K which registered an unhealthy sex ratio in 2011 census has positively responded to the message of this campaign so much so that we now have a sex ratio of 986 which is very encouraging, although not upto the mark”, he added.
Deputy Director ICDS Rashida Akther extended words of gratitude towards district administration and warm thanks to DDC for giving prizes to different anganwardi workers for enthralling performances.