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CM flags off cycle rally to save, educate the girl child

With an aim create awareness among the people to save and educate the girl child, chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat on Sunday flagged off the ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’ cycle rally from the city’s sprawling Police Line Maidan

dehradun Updated: Sep 17, 2017 19:50 IST
Deep Joshi
Deep Joshi
Hindustan Times
Uttarakhand,CM flags off,cycle rally
Chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat flags off the ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’ cycle rally to Haridwar from the Police Lines Maidan in Dehradun on Sunday.(Vinay Santosh Kumar/HT)

With an aim create awareness among the people to save and educate the girl child, chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat on Sunday flagged off the ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’ cycle rally from the city’s sprawling Police Line Maidan.

Women empowerment and child development minister Rekha Arya led the rally, which concluded at Haridwar, covering a distance of 55 km.

Speaking at the flag off ceremony, Rawat said Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao campaign from Haryana on January 21, 2015. “Some two years later positive results of the campaign have now started becoming visible,” he said. “The child sex ratio in Haryana, which was heavily skewed against the girl child, has now started showing improvement,” he added. “There were 837 girls for 1,000 boys before the Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao campaign was launched in Haryana. It now stands at 950 girls for every 1,000 boys,” he further added.

Rawat said a similar campaign has now been launched from Dehradun in view of the child sex ratio heavily skewed against the girl child in three districts of Uttarakhand namely Pithoragarh, Haridwar and Champavat.

“This heavily skewed child ratio against the girl child in these three districts is a matter of grave concern,” said Rawat and stressed on the need to carry out more campaigns like the cycle rally to improve the child sex ratio.

According to an official release, Arya, along with 120 other cyclists including 30 girls, will travel to Haridwar. Prominent celebrities from the state — including Miss Uttarakhand Neha Raj, international cricketer Ekta Bisht and athlete Harendra — also participated in the cycle rally.

While addressing a huge gathering before embarking on the cycle rally, Arya said the Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao cycle rally would send a message across the mountain state. “It will help bring about an attitudinal change in favour of the girl child,” the minister said.

State BJP president Ajay Bhatt congratulated the minister for leading such a programme. “Women are already on the forefront and have started taking the lead on all spheres,” he said, citing the examples of recently appointed defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman and external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj.

Neha Raj, while speaking to HT, said that girls, if properly encouraged by the society, can also do the state proud like her.

First Published: Sep 17, 2017 19:49 IST