Chandigarh: Continuing with its efforts to check gender discrimination, Haryana government today said it will hold a special monthly programme across all state-run schools to celebrate the birthday of girl students.
The programme ‘Kanya Janamdin Utsav’, to be launched on February 11, would celebrate the birthday of the girl students during which their parents will also remain present, a spokesperson for the state education department said.
The birthday of the girls falling in the same month would be celebrated as ‘Utsav’ on every second Tuesday, while announcement of the names will be made in the first week, the spokesperson said.
The function would be held during the mid-day meal, the official said.
During the morning assembly, the school head will call out the names of the girls to greet them while members of the panchayat will also be present to extend their wishes.
It is for the first time that a special programme aimed at putting an end to gender discrimination will be held for the girls studying in government schools in any state, the official claimed.
Infamous for a skewed sex ratio, Haryana recently noted improvement with the number of girls crossing 900 mark for December month, a development which happened for the first time in a decade.