Hooda announces reward for checking female foeticide

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Sirsa, Dec 8 (UNI) Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda today announced a reward of Rs five lakh for the village which excelled in checking female foeticide and drug de-addiction at state level.

Similarly, Rs one lakh would be given to the village which excelled at district level, he said while addressing a state level seminar on "Eradication of Female Foeticide and Drug De-Addiction" organized by Haryana State Legal Services Authority in collaboration with Health Department here.

Mr Hooda said that legislative, executive and judiciary efforts were not enough to eradicate female foeticide and drug de-addiction.

Whereas, these social evils could be nipped in the bud with the active participation and cooperation of every section of society by making it a mass movement, he added.

Stressing upon the need for effective implementation of the pre conception and pre-natal Diagnostic Techniques (PC and PNDT) Act, Mr Hooda said that the State Government implemented this Act in letter and sprit.

He said the Haryana Government had launched a number of welfare schemes like Ladli, Indira Gandhi Kanya Shagun Yojna, two per cent rebate on stamp duty in property matters, 10 paisa per unit exemption in electricity bills and 25 per cent reservation in technical institutions for the welfare of women in the state.

The Chief Minister said that Sirsa district, surrounded by Rajasthan and Punjab, was worst affected by drug addiction. He called upon all social organizations to help in eradicating these social evils from the society.

While inaugurating the seminar, Punjab and Haryana High Court Chief Justice and Patron-in-Chief of Haryana State Legal Services Authority, Mr Justice Vijender Jain, said that female foeticide was a major sin in the universe.

He said that even after the formation and implementation of laws, human attitude towards solving such social evils had not fully changed so far.

The Chief Justice stressed the need that concept of woman empowerment could not be successful without eradication of female foeticide. He said drug addiction spoiled our youth. This was hampering the all-round progress of the state. He appealed to the people to work for eradication of female foeticide and drug de-addiction.

UNI

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