Organise seminars, quiz competitions, honour girl children for their achievements, launch new schemes’
Concerned over a sharp decline in the child sex ratio, the Ministry of Women and Child Development (WCD) has asked States to take immediate steps to discourage sex selective abortions and protect girl children. The Ministry has issued an advisory asking States to propagate awareness regarding protection and survival of girl children, for the week preceding January 24, observed as National Girl Child Day since 2000.
“You may like to organise different activities like seminars, quiz competitions, honour girl children for their specific achievements, and launch new schemes between January 18 and 24,” WCD Secretary Nita Chowdhury said in a letter to the States.
These activities could involve various State Departments like WCD, Health and Family Welfare, Home, Rural Development, Panchayati Raj, Urban Development and Food and Nutrition, the Ministry suggested. Observing National Girl Child Day in the right spirit would go a long way in sensitising society about girl children and their importance, the WCD Ministry believes.