Nagaland government commits to improve the status of the girl child

Beti Bachao Beti Padhao launched in Nagaland


Our Correspondent
Kohima | October 13


The TR Zeliang led ministry today launched the Beti Bachao Beti Padhao (BBBP—Save the girl child, educate her) scheme in Nagaland.


“Just as we celebrate the arrival of a boy child, let us also celebrate the birth of a girl child; let us make coordinated and convergent efforts to ensure her survival and protection and create an environment to enable her education,” said Chief Minister, T R Zeliang during the launch of the BBBP on October 13 at the CM’s Residential office. The launch was organized by State Resource Centre of Women, Project Management Unit, BBBP and Department of Social Welfare.

With a Child Sex Ration (CSR) of 885, Longleng district in Nagaland was identified as one of the 100 gender critical districts in India, which is the lowest amongst North East States and far below the national CSR of 918. “This calls for urgent action as it highlights that the girl child is increasingly being excluded from life itself,” said Kiyaneilie Peseyie, Minster of Social Welfare who gave the keynote address while urging the State and District Administration to form linkages in implementing the scheme for convergence action for policy and programmatic interventions and training and capacity building and communication.


“By the coordinated and resolute efforts of everyone, we hope to see improvement in the CSR, decreased gender differentials, improved nutritional status of girls, increase girls enrolment in secondary education, a safe and nurturing environment for our girls to grow to their fullest potential,” added Peseyie.


With the world moving towards a more equitable and inclusive society, Zeliang asserted that Nagaland cannot afford to be left behind. He added that the BBBP is a significant step towards reinforcing a sense of responsibility towards the girl child by seeking to address gender imbalance and discrimination.


Even though there is no practice of deliberate mechanical or medical intervention to prevent the birth of a girl child in Nagaland, despite the traditional preference for a male child, Zeliang viewed that the CSR in Nagaland is still below desirable level.


“Can we attribute it to the process of natural selection or is there something else behind it?” questioned the Chief Minister. The CM urged doctors to apply their mind and research to find out the reason.


Longleng district records a very low CSR of 885 against the CSR of 964 in 2001. The CM requested the Health and Family Welfare Department to immediately carry out an independent survey to find out the reason for the drastic fall.


“The traditional preference of for boys over girls is gradually dying. Now most Naga households give equal importance to the education of boys and girls although in some remote areas the traditional bias in favour of male child still persist to a certain degree,” affirmed Zeliang.


The program was chaired by Dellirose M Sakhrie, IAS, Secretary to the Government of Nagaland, and Department of Social Welfare while the vote of thanks was pronounced by Merangstungba Aier, Director, Social Welfare.