A total of 75 panchayats promoting the girl child and having a child sex ratio above 1,000 were honoured by Punjab health and family welfare minister Madan Mohan Mittal at the state institute of health and family welfare here on Tuesday. The panchayats received a cash reward of Rs 1.5 lakh each.
Speaking on the occasion, Mittal said, “Religious leaders as well as schools should play a proactive role in creating awareness against female foeticide.”
He urged all sections of society to join hands to wipe the blot of ‘killers of daughters’ and bring a change in the mindset towards the girl child. Mittal asked people to help the health department in its drive to nail violators of the Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (PNDT) Act.
Beladhiyani Upper village in Rupnagar district has topped the child sex ratio list with 1,825 girls per 1,000 boys, followed by Mandukla in Kapurthala district (1,778), Karamgarh Chattra in Bathinda district (1,635), Todarpur in Ludhiana district (1,559) and Mazari in Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar district (1,520). Other villages in the top-10 list are Barauli in Mohali district (1,487), Bhaggu village in Bathinda district (1,466), Sidhwa Jamita in Gurdaspur district (1,453), Riond Khurd in Mansa district (1,421) and Bala Pindi in Gurdaspur district (1,389).
The figures have been compiled by the state health department on the basis of its survey.