Sex ratio in Haryana has improved, Hooda claims

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Bhiwani, Jul 29 (UNI) Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda today claimed that the various steps taken by the state government for empowerment of women and welfare of girl child had resulted in improving the sex ratio in the state.

The ratio which was 819:1000 in 2001 had increased to 860:100, he added.

Addressing a seminar on 'Eradication of Female Foeticide' here, the Chief Minister said that Haryana was the first state in the country to punish a doctor under the PNDT act. The government had been taking all necessary steps for eradication of this social evil which, otherwise, would prove very harmful for the social structure, he opined.

Stressing the need for making eradication of female foeticide as a public campaign, the Chief Minister said that such campaigns could succeed only with the active involvement of the people.

Welfare schemes like Ladli Social Security Scheme, Indira Gandhi Priyadarshani Vivah Shagun Yojna, scholarships and other incentives for girls students, Janani Suraksha Yojna, Janani Suwidha Yojna and other kinds of concessions to women had helped in creating an atmosphere of goodwill for the opposite sex in the state, he said.

The Chief Minister praised the Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court, Vijender Jain for involving himself and the judiciary in eradication of female foeticide.

The state government had taken all possible steps to strengthen the judicial infrastructure in the state, he said and disclosed that the construction of judicial complexes in 18 districts and in 25 sub divisions had already been completed and the construction work of remaining two judicial complexes at district level and of 11 others at sub division level were being completed.

Referring to the demand of Bhiwani Bar Association, the Chief Minister announced a grant of Rs 10 lakh and assured that the government would provide land to the association for construction of lawyers' chambers.

In his inaugural address, Chief Justice, Vijender Jain who has spearheaded a campaign in Haryana and Punjab against female foeticide during last two years, praised the Chief Minister for his active involvement in improving the judicial infrastructure in the state and taking various steps for the welfare of women and girls child.

The Chief Justice pointed out that without active involvement of people female foeticide cannot be eradicated. Many a time the law also becomes helpless for want of evidence as the parents, doctors, mothers of unborn girl child are found involved in this heinous crime, he said. He announced that after his retirement on August 2, he would involve himself as a citizen of India in the programmes aimed at the welfare of society.

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