Create conducive environment for development of women , girl child: LG

Port Blair
2 May 2018

The Bureau of Outreach and Communication, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, GoI has organised various cultural programmes from April 23 to 30 on ‘Beti Bachao-Beti Padhao’- a Govt. of India initiative to save and educate the girl child, under the aegis of ‘Ek Bharat-Shrestha Bharat. The valedictory function of this special programme, held in the islands too, was organised by the Bureau of Outreach and Communication, in association with the Department of Social Welfare, A&N Administration in the auditorium of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Institute of Technology, Dollygunj. The Lt. Governor, A&N Islands, Admiral DK Joshi, PVSM, AVSM, YSM, NM, VSM (Retd.) was the chief guest of the valedictory function. The Member of Parliament, Mr Bishnu Pada Ray also graced the programme. The Chief Secretary, A&N Administration, Mr Anindo Majumdar was the guest of honour. Smti Rupa Ray, DGP, Smti Nuzhat Hassan, Director, Bureau of Outreach and Communication, Ministry of I&B, GoI, Mr Anurag Mishra, senior officers of the Administration, school & college students and general public also witnessed this programme.
Addressing the gathering, the Lt. Governor remarked that various departments and agencies have been organising ‘Beti Bachao Beti Padhao’ awareness programmes across the country, as there is a need to change the mentality of the society towards girl children. “Despite, 70 years of Independence of our country and this being 21st century, women are still being looked down upon, whereas they are equally important for the growth and development of the society”, he said.
The atrocities meted out to women/girl children and the low sex ratio witnessed in certain parts of the country have become a cause of concern, but here in A&N Islands, the situation is much better when compared to other parts of the country, said the Lt. Governor. However, the need to further improve the sex ratio has been felt here too, and efforts are on by the Administration to achieve equal sex ratio, by conducting various awareness programmes. “Due to concerted efforts and advocacy on gender equality, recently, the Islands have witnessed improvement in the sex ratio, which is a good sign; and should continue”, he said.
The Lt. Governor further stated that the ‘Beti Bachao-Beti Padhao’ scheme was launched by the Prime Minister with an aim to improve the efficiency of welfare services intended for girls and to improve the sex ratio in the country. “The scheme has been propagated in every nook and corner of the country, as there have been cases of unfavourable sex ratio in certain parts of the country”, said the Lt. Governor. Along with other States, the Nicobar District in A&N Islands has also been selected in the first phase under ‘Beti Bachao-Beti Padhao’ programme to help improve the status of girl children and several awareness programmes are being organized to achieve the goal. Similarly, in Port Blair and other parts of the Islands, programmes to create gender sensitization, stress on importance of higher education are being held while zonal level sports for girls are also being organized to empower girl children, the Lt Governor said.
The Director, Bureau of Outreach and Communication, Mr Anurag Mishra presented a book titled ‘Gandhi in Champaran’, brought out by the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, GoI, to the Lt. Governor, the Member of Parliament and the Chief Secretary. The Member of Parliament, Mr Bishnu Pada Ray lauded the sex ratio and gender equality here in the Islands. A variety of cultural programmes viz. puppet show and ballet on the theme ‘Beti Bachao-Beti Padhao’, songs and lion dance were presented by artistes from North Calcutta Prayasi and Dhumketu Puppet Theatre, registered troops of Regional Outreach Bureau functioning under Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, Kolkata. Earlier, the Director, Bureau of Outreach and Communication, Mr Anurag Mishra, while welcoming the gathering outlined the various outreach programmes organised by the Bureau of Outreach and Communication under ‘Beti Bachao Beti Padhao’ scheme. He also lauded the A&N Islands for exhibiting the true essence of national integration.