New Delhi: The Indian Government expands the ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’ scheme to boost women’s empowerment in this century. On the occasion of “International Girl Child Day,” the Union Women and Child Development (WCD) ministry unveiled the revamped program. The program was introduced in 2015 to address the country’s declining child sex ratio (CSR) problem and concerns about women’s and girls’ empowerment.
On Tuesday, the Center’s flagship “Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao” project. This scheme received a number of new additions, such as multi-ministerial convergence, skilling of girls, expanding secondary enrolment of girls, promoting the eradication of underage marriages, and raising awareness about menstruation hygiene.
WCD secretary Indevar Pandey said that the administration will also concentrate on reducing obstacles that prevent girls from pursuing a variety of economic possibilities while speaking at the International Girl Child Day event. For the Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao initiative, he added, “among the new goals we have a 1% increment in secondary level enrollment and skilling of girls and women every year, boosting awareness about safe menstrual hygiene and promulgating elimination of child marriages.”
According to WCD Secretary, the plan has changed; from being a tri-ministerial convergence to a multi-ministerial convergence. “Up to this point, the only ministries involved in convergence were the ministries of education and health and family welfare. We are currently expanding it to include the ministries of minority affairs, youth affairs, and skill and development, among others. To concentrate on the development and empowerment of the girl child and prevent the duplication of ministries’ efforts, we are taking everyone together.
An operational manual was released by the WCD ministry to help districts to paddle the plan into practice. The handbook said that the program, which was previously active in 405 districts, is currently being expanded to include all districts around the nation through multi-sectoral interventions.
The guidebook includes a simplified action schedule to help the districts carry out the plan consistently and broadly throughout the year. We’ll also concentrate on removing obstacles that prevent women from pursuing a variety of careers. We’ll also work to create a framework that will let girls become whatever they want to be in the future, added Pandey.
Girls would receive systematic career counseling to help them plan their future and stay away from early marriage, he continued.
Union WCD Minister Smiriti Irani emphasized the coordination across various Ministries, stating that it “would assist empower females with better education and fair opportunity.” Without the empowerment of women and girls, the nation cannot advance. Regardless of gender preconceptions, the government has always supported and empowered females to pursue their chosen careers.