Maneka takes a dig at Bengal govt

28 Jul 2017

West Bengal is the only state which has completely refused to the implement the 'Beti Bachao Beti Padhao' scheme which is "not political", Union minister Maneka Gandhi said in the Lok Sabha today.
Gandhi remarks came during the Question Hour when a Trinamool Congress member mentioned that West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee had initiated a programme 'Kanyashree' which has also received a UN award. TMC member Mriganka Mahato also requested that Kanyashree programme's model should be followed by other states. In response, the women and child development minister said while the Kanyashree programme was effective, West Bengal is the "only state in India which has completely refused to implement the Beti Bachao Beti Padhao (BBBP) scheme".
As a result, out of 161 districts, Kolkata has shown a "severe declining trend" in terms of child sex ratio, Gandhi said. "In fact, Kolkata is unfortunately the worst of the 161 districts that we have taken," the minister said. Launched in January 2015, BBBP is implemented in 161 districts. She also said that many states have done equally well in implementing schemes similar to Kanyashree. The Union minister cited Ladli Yojana in Haryana, Balika Samridhi Yojana in Gujarat and Bangaru Talli scheme in Andhra Pradesh as examples.Gandhi had on Thursday said in the Parliament that over 62 per cent of children under the age of five years in the national capital suffer from anaemia.
The women and child development minister also stated that 35.7 per cent children under five years of age across the country were underweight, 38.4 per cent stunted and 58.4 per cent anaemic. Citing the National Family Health Survey-4, Gandhi told the Rajya Sabha that "62.6 per cent children in the age group of 6 to 59 months are anaemic in Delhi".