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Girls to unfurl flag in schools in Haryana villages on R-Day

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Chandigarh: To give impetus to ambitious ‘Beti Bachao-Beti Padhaao’ programme, the Haryana government has decided that the most-educated girls in villages across the state will unfurl the national flag at school-level programmes to be held in their villages on the occasion of Republic Day tomorrow.

Apart from this, all girls in villages and wards who were born between January 22, 2015 and January 22, 2016, have been invited to attend Republic Day function under the ‘Mera Pehla Gantantra Utsav’ (My First Republic Day) programme, an Education Department spokesperson said today.

To add to it, the mothers of these infant girls would be allotted seats in the front row, he said.

Also, those girls who have secured top positions in Class 10th and 12th, graduation and post-graduation examination during the academic session 2014-15, besides other higher examinations, would be felicitated on the Republic Day.

Following the Republic Day function, a general body meeting would be organised in all schools and they would discuss various topics pertaining to provision of quality education, the spokesperson said.

Haryana is infamous for its skewed sex ratio.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had on January 22 last year launched the ‘Beti Bachao-Beti Padhao’ programme, a nationwide scheme aimed to address the dipping child sex ratio and empower girl child in the country, from Panipat in Haryana.

The prime objective of this programme was to bring change in people mindset towards girl child on or after her birth.

Preventing determination of sex, female foeticide, ensuring safety of girls, their best possible care and providing quality education are integral part of this programme.

In Haryana, the programme is being implemented in 12 districts namely Mahendergarh, Jhajjar, Sonipat, Rewari, Ambala, Kurukshetra, Rohtak, Karnal, Yamunanagar, Kaithal, Bhiwani and Panipat which have the lower girl child sex ratio.

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