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Renuka criticises Modi over female foeticide

Union Minister of State for Women and Child Development Renuka Chaudhary says a scheme launched by Modi to save girl child in Gujarat has been a failure.

india Updated: May 06, 2007 00:55 IST

Criticising Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, Union Minister of State for Women and Child Development Renuka Chaudhary on Saturday said a scheme launched by him to save girl child in the state has been a failure.

"It is the responsibility of Chief Minister Modi to bring awareness amongst the masses about increasing gender imbalance in the society and make efforts to prevent female foeticide and create awareness in Gujarat," she said.

She expressed concern over the low sex ratio in Gujarat 833 females for 1,000 males.

Chaudhary is in the city to inaugurate awareness campaign on female feeticide tomorrow which is jointly organised by the Central Social Welfare Board, New Delhi and Setu Sewa Bharti Trust.

She also criticised the Modi government for misutilisation of "anganwadi" funds in the state and said the Centre was prepared to increase the amount of matching grant for anganwadi if the Central fund was distributed through state administration.

She blamed an organisation for misutilisation of Anganwadi funds in Gujarat. She, however, refrained from giving the name of the organisation.

She stressed the need for developing a healthy partnership with NGOs for the welfare, development and empowerment of women in society.

The minister also appealed to the universities across the country to involve their students in save girl child campaign during vacation.

She also criticised the alleged ban on entry of mediapersons to the Police Bhavan in Gandhinagar and said this is an undemocratic act of the Modi government and direct attack on the freedom of press.

This unprecedented action has amounted to encroachment on the freedom of the press and attack on the fourth estate, she said.

Chaudhary demanded CBI inquiry into the fake encounter case in Gujarat and wanted to know where was Kausarbi and if she was killed, what was her crime?

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