Haryana Vidhan Sabha on Thursday unanimously passed a resolution to make the ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’ programme a mass movement in the state.
The members, including those from the principal opposition party Indian National Lok Dal, spoke in one voice while deliberating on the resolution in this regard moved by BJP MLA Gian Chand Gupta. After a comprehensive discussion, the resolution was passed by the House. Thursday was a non-official day of the ongoing budget session.
The BJP MLAs who participated in the discussion included Santosh Yadav, Seema Trikha, Nayab Singh Saini, Subhash Sudha, Prem Lata, Rohita Rewri, Mool Chand Sharma, Harwinder Kalyan, Aseem Goyal, Tak Chand Sharma and Subhash Barala.
Those from INLD who spoke on the issue included Zakir Hussain, Ravinder Baliala, Hari Chand Midha, Naseem Ahmad and Parminder Singh Dhull.
The MLAs from both sides highlighted how the social and economic reasons, including safety and dowry, make people wary of the girl child. They sought better law and order situation, better educational institutes and transport system lack of which, according to them, adversely affected the education and safety of girls in the state.
They also expressed their resolve to wipe out the blot of skewed sex-ratio in Haryana, stating that all religions taught people to respect women.
Some of the MLAs pointed out that unlike India, sex determination tests were allowed in several western countries and yet not even a single case of medically-terminated pregnancy (MTP) was ever reported from there.
Unanimously resolving to make the ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’ programme a mass movement, the House also felt that the individual’s will, and not the law or the surveillance, would help in effectively checking the gender discrimination.
CONG MISSING DURING DISCUSSION
Since the Congress MLAs had staged a walkout before the non-official resolution, health minister Anil Vij said that it showed the Congress’ indifference towards the issue as they could have returned after the walkout to participate in the discussion.
Later while addressing mediapersons in the press lounge of the Vidhan Sabha , leader of the Opposition Abhay Chautala (INLD) alleged that the Congress MLAs had run away from the cause of the girl child and failed in their responsibility to take part in the non-official resolution on the issue.
Stating that the Congress had walked out from the House only to gain cheap publicity, Chautala further said that it was also sad that the Congress was repeatedly disrupting the House proceedings on baseless issues.