Shillong October 09: A week long observance of “Beti Bachao Beti Padhao” was inaugurated by PHE Minister Dr C Lyngdoh today at the District Library Hall, Nongpoh in the presence of N Khan, District and Session Judge, Nongpoh, CP Gotmare, Deputy Commissioner, Ri Bhoi District, IB Warjri, Mission Director, SRCW among others. Anganwadi workers, ASHAs, students and teachers were also present in the event. The programme was organized by the office of the Deputy Commissioner, Ri Bhoi District, Nongpoh in collaboration with the District Task Force Committee, Ri Bhoi District.
Addressing the gathering, Dr C Lyngdoh said “As far as sex discrimination is concerned, our society has nothing to worry as women are put in a very good position and respect”. Lyngdoh highlighted about the various social evils that are prevalent in the society which needs to be addressed and appealed to everyone be part of the movement. N Khan, District and Session Judge, Nongpoh in his speech said that he hoped the scheme to percolate down to the grass root level through awareness and sensitization to the people. Khan added that assessment is to be made of the impact and effectiveness of the scheme implemented in order that the plan and mission succeeds and bring a change to the society.
IB Warjri, Mission Director, SRWC highlighted the objectives of the scheme, that is being implemented in as many as 161 districts of the country which include the Ri Bhoi District in Meghalaya, where the sex ratio of a girl child is low compared to the opposite sex. The scheme deals not only to stop girl infanticide but to look into the education and health aspects of the girl child. “Through the scheme, focus is laid on education, skill, counseling and entrepreneurship so that the girl could one day stand on her own feet” she added.
Other highlights of the programme included reading of the pledge and the signature campaign.