KATHUA, Jan 24: Deputy Commissioner, Kathua, Ramesh Kumar has been selected by the Union Ministry of Women and Child Development for showcasing exemplary performance under Beti Bacho Beti Padhao (BBBP) initiative.
Kathua, which was identified as one of the districts with adverse child sex ratio (CSR) in Census 2011, has been selected for “Effective Community Engagement” for valuing and respecting the girl child under Beti Bacho Beti Padhao (BBBP).
Coordinated and convergent efforts, made by Kathua administration under the overall supervision of DC Kathua Ramesh Kumar, ensured survival, protection and empowerment of the girl child in the district.
Giving due significance to the overall efforts undertaken by Kathua Administration under PAHAL, the Ministry of Women and Child Development has selected Kathua as one of the 10 districts in the country to be felicitated and recognized for its good performance in Beti Bacho Beti Padhao in the category of “Effective Community Engagement”.
An array of activities was taken up to educate the masses; mega awareness drive, signature campaign, mass media campaign, nukkad natak, awareness rallies, debates etc. Local folk artists with Dogri and Urdu as primary medium of communication are used so that it can have a connect with the masses. Sponsorship for poor girls for higher education in private institutions by corporate houses(PROTSAHAN),’Caller Tune cum Jingle’ for mobile users besides symposium and debates were organized in schools and colleges to sensitize all sections of societies regarding provision of punishment in PC & PNDT Act to discourage any misuse of diagnostic tools for sex selective elimination of girls.
According to Deputy Commissioner Ramesh Kumar, “selection of Kathua district as one of the 10 best performing districts under BBBP in the country has come as an encouragement for us. Now, we will continue with our endeavour in an innovative way.”