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Adityanath launches scheme to stop female foeticide, improve UP’s skewed sex ratio

Under the scheme cash incentives will be given to those who will alert authorities about incidents of female foeticide

india Updated: Jul 19, 2017 18:06 IST
HT Correspondents
HT Correspondents
Hindustan Times, Lucknow/Allahabad
UP CM,Yogi Adityanath,Skewed sex ratio
Chief minister Yogi Adityanath inaugurates 181 women helplines after launching a scheme to stop female foeticide in Lucknow on Saturday . (Subhankar Chakraborty/HT PHOTO)

Uttar Pradesh government on Saturday launched a scheme to stop female foeticide and to improve state’s skewed sex ratio.

Under the scheme, titled ‘Mukhbir Yojana’, the government will provide an incentive of up to Rs 2 lakh to anyone who would alert the state authorities about involvement of any doctor or a medical staff in sex determination and female foeticide.

Speaking at the launch of the scheme chief minister Yogi Adityanath expressed concern over the cases of female foeticide which is reducing the female population in the state.

“Girls outnumbered boys by a huge margin in the board examinations and also dominated in the merit list but the count of the girl child is going down in the state,” he said.

The state has a sex ratio of 908 females per thousand males as per 2011 census. It’s worse than the national sex ratio of 943 females per thousand males.

The initiative involves taking help of informers and setting up traps using decoy couples against individuals, institutions and organisations involved in aiding and abetting illegal practice of sex determination tests and female foeticide.

District and state-level committees will monitor the progress of the scheme on a regular basis and at least once in three months through formal meetings, said government sources.

Yogi, however, cautioned against misuse of the scheme. “We have to be cautious and ensure that unscrupulous elements do not misuse this scheme,” he said.

The scheme has been launched under the Pre-Conception Pre-Natal Diagnostic Technique (PCPNDT) Act.

Uttar Pradesh has become the second state after Rajasthan to launch such a scheme to check female foeticide.

Among 75 districts in the state, child sex ratio is lowest in Baghpat, Bulandshahr, Jalaun and Banda.

The chief minister also launched 181 women helpline and flagged off 64 rescue vans in as many districts under a central government scheme.

Earlier the scheme was functional in 11 districts of the state.

The toll free number (181 mahila helpline) will be functional round-the-clock to provide help to women in distress or in need of medical help.

To make the scheme effective, the six-seater call centre in Lucknow has been made 30-seater. Every van has a trained female paramedic and a female police officer.

First Published: Jun 24, 2017 22:26 IST