In his message on International Women’s Day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged elder women in the households to take the lead in protecting the girl child. Modi was in Rajasthan on Thursday to launch the National Nutrition Mission (NNM) and announced the expansion of the ‘Beti Bachao Beti Padhao’ programme.
“Mistakes committed by generations against the girl child has resulted in a kind of imbalance in society, and this needs to be corrected by new generations,” he said.
Encouraging people to take up the task of protecting the girl child and treating them equally, the Prime Minister underlined that improvement is an on-going process and each successive generation has a role to play.
“Daughters are neglected and killed, and it results in imbalance in society. Improvement does not come in just one generation, it takes time, but now we should decide that equal importance will be given to the girl child,” he said.
It is “painful” that requests have to be made for protecting daughters and the girl child, Modi said.
“I request all state governments to make it a mass movement,” the prime minister said, calling upon the elder women and in particularly the mothers-in-law to take the lead in families to protect the girl child.
On his government’s ‘Beti Bachao Beti Padhao’ programme, which was launched two years ago from Haryana, he said, the situation of the girl child was alarming in Haryana but now significant improvement has been noted under the programme.
‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’ is a social campaign of the Centre that aims to generate awareness and improve the efficiency of welfare services intended for girls.
Union Minister for Women and Child Development Maneka Gandhi, who accompanied PM Modi at the event said the Centre had taken several initiatives for the welfare of women. She said that a “historic” Bill would be introduced in Parliament to check trafficking of women and children.
Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje highlighted the state government’s schemes and programmes, including the Rajshree Yojna for girls.
Before his address, the prime minister gave awards to Collectors of various districts for their performance under the ‘Beti Bachao Beti Padhao’ programme. The prime minister also interacted with women and their children.
(With inputs from PTI)