‘Need for value orientation towards girl child’
Kulgam, Oct 09: A week-long celebration of Beti Bachao Beti Padao campaign was Monday launched by the Member of Parliament, Nazir Ahmad Laway at Mini Secretariat Kulgam.
The ICDS department organised a grand seminar to launch the week-drawn BBBP.
According to KNS correspondent, Zahoor Andrabi, DDC Kulgam Talat Parvez Rohella, SP Kulgam Shridhar Patil, Programme Officer ICDS Parvez Ahmad Raina, Principal GDC Kulgam B.A Rather were other guests who were present on the occasion.
The programme shall continue throughout the week and shall culminate on 14th of October.
During this week drawn function, a calendar of multifarious activities has been charted out to make the programme a success.
Among the activities shall include the holding of rallies by concerned supervisors, AWWs and adolescent girls, plantation drives in the name of girl child, door-to-door awareness campaigns, Nukat Natak, Play Street, folk media and puppet shows to aware and educate the people about the significance of girl child and her education.
Speaking on the occasion, the MP said that parents should take pride on having girl child as girls are no more less equal than the boys. The educational institutions in particular and the society in general has to play a proactive role in value orientation towards girl child, said the MP.
On the occasion, the DDC deliberated on the benefits for the female child under different government sponsored schemes. He said that Health and ICDS Departments should rope in to ensure better healthcare and development of expecting mothers and ensure that all the pregnant ladies are enrolled under different Maternity Benefit Schemes.
Based on the data from Education Department, the DDC expressed apprehension on the high drop-out rates of girl students particularly at secondary level. He called in for conjoined efforts of Health, Education and ICDS Departments to explore the causes of girl student drop-outs so that suitable strategies are adopted to mitigate it.
It was given out that under ICPS, child protection rights shall be ensured through institutional mechanism. Under this scheme, counselling and juvenile homes have been provisionalised.
PO ICDS also spoke on the occasion and informed about the activities of the department and said that low child sex ratio in Qaimoh and DH Pora blocks is a matter of concern. He said that there is a great need to take concrete and cogent efforts in this matter. Meanwhile, he informed that 100% immunisation of 0-6 years has been achieved while as only 53% children have been covered under nutrition in AWCs in Kulgam district.
He expressed hope that department will work with motivation and new spirit to improve the indicators of nutrition, healthcare and holistic development of adolescent girls and women.
Principal GDC Kulgam, DSWO and others spoke on the function and highlighted the issue faced by women folk in their day to day life.
A debate competition was also organised wherein girl students of different educational institutions spoke on different aspects like sex determination, malnutrition, immunisation, empowerment and other issues.
The function was attended by ADC, ACR, ACD, CMO, Tehsildars, DSWO, other district officers, CDPOs and ASHA & Anganwadi Workers, and school girls. (KNS)