Stillborn Scheme Image Credit: FRONTLINE
Stillborn Scheme Image Credit: FRONTLINE

Stillborn Scheme

An audit report of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India comes down heavily on the Haryana government for its lax implementation of the Beti Bachao scheme.

T.K. Rajalakshmi

NOTWITHSTANDING THE TALL CLAIMS made by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government at the Centre, a report of the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) on the social and economic sectors (for the year ending 2016) of the Haryana government has revealed huge gaps in the implementation of the Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao Yojana, one of the major flagship programmes of the Union government. The scheme, launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Panipat district, Haryana, on January 22, 2015, aimed at ensuring the survival, protection and empowerment of the girl child. The scheme was to be implemented through a mass campaign in 100 “gender-critical” districts, which included 20 districts from Haryana. Clearly, from a “gender-critical” point of view, Haryana, a BJP-governed State, was given top priority.

The CAG report, which focussed on the implementation of the scheme in the three districts of Panipat, Mahendargarh and Sonepat, stated that “the target of improving the sex ratio at birth, increasing girls’ enrolment in secondary education and hundred per cent re-enrolmentof dropout girls could not be achieved”. The CAG found evidence of diversion of funds from the scheme, which is wholly financed by the Central government. The audit found that of the Rs.5

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