Expressing his deep concern over the declining sex ratio in Punjab, Union Health and Family Welfare Minister Anbumani Ramadoss said on Saturday it will affect the development of the state.
Inaugurating a health awareness campaign in Amritsar, he said “the declining female sex ratio in the state is a black mark on the development and prosperity of Punjab” and it must be controlled at all costs.
He appealed to the Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and Governor SF Rodrigues to make it a mission to curb the incidence of female foeticide and growing tendency of drug addiction and alcohol consumption among youth.
Asking the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee to disseminate the message down the line, he said that it could play a meaningful and constructive role in building a public opinion against these social evils in a larger perspective.
Praising the nursing community for their dedicated service and commitment towards their profession, Ramadoss said the GoI had recently announced a ‘Florence Nightingale Award´ in recognition with their outstanding contribution and to boost their morale.
Speaking on the occasion, he asked the people to launch a crusade against the menace of female foeticide because the government alone could not fight against it.
He also urged the judiciary to recommend severest of the severe punishment for the culprits who perpetrate this gruesome crime against the society.