Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Monday hailed Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s plans to call on people to adopt girls as a symbol of pride after he took over as leader of the country, resulting in a “mass campaign” and also “revolutionized the sex ratio”. .
The Home Secretary’s remarks came as the country marked National Day of the Girl Child today.
Taking to Twitter, Mr Shah said: “Prime Minister Narendra Modi has called on people to adopt girls as a symbol of pride and self-respect across the country through various programs like ‘Beti Bachao-Beti Padhao “after becoming prime minister. As a result of his efforts, the movement turned into a mass campaign and revolutionized the sex ratio.”
The central government had launched the “Beti Bachao-Beti Padhao” program on January 22, 2015 to address key issues related to women’s empowerment in the country. The central government’s decision has impacted the sex ratio and the latest National Family Health Survey (NFHS 2019-21) reports that India has 1,020 females for every 1,000 males.
NFHS 2019-2021 indicates that India has made significant progress over the past five years – in 2015-16 the sex ratio was only 991.
In a series of tweets, the Minister of Home Affairs said, “Prime Minister Narendra Modiji has changed the thinking of women’s development to the resolution of women-led development and opened doors of opportunity.”
“Today the girls of the country are lighting up the name of India in all walks of life. On ‘National Girl’s Day’, I send my best wishes to all the girls of India, the pride of the country” , said the Minister of the Interior.
A number of Union ministers and leaders also wished the country National Day of the Girl, which is celebrated on January 24 every year. Additionally, Shah, Smriti Irani, Nitin Gadkari, Jyotiraditya Scindia and Hardeep Puri posted their well wishes on Twitter.
The Center in 2008 declared that January 24 would be celebrated annually as National Day of the Girl Child with the aim of raising awareness in society about the girl child so that she can be valued and respected.
This day is celebrated to raise awareness among little girls in the country about their rights. The event is also celebrated to raise awareness about the inequalities, discrimination and exploitation faced by girls in society. It is celebrated with various programs including awareness campaigns to create a healthy and safe environment for a girl child.