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Updated January 5th, 2013, 09:57 PM IST
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Girl child sex ratio at birth on the rise

Posted on February 23rd, 2012 at 01:39 PM and last modified on January 5th, 2013 at 9:57 pm.

The ‘Cradle Baby Scheme,’ the project of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalitha primarily to save the girl children, has led to an increase in the girl child sex ratio at birth (SRB) of 0 to 6 years in the State from 942 girls against 1,000 live male births in 2001 to 946 in 2011.

Social workers

Lauding the scheme and its impact on the societal balance, various speakers including social workers and women activists who took part at the workshop organized by Salem District Tamil Nadu Social Welfare Board to mark the National Girl Children Day celebrations, here on Tuesday, pointed out that the scheme introduced in 1992 had created a safe environment for girl children in the State while it was alarmingly coming down in other parts of the country, a cause for serious social concern.

It was expanded to the districts of Madurai, Theni, Dindigul and Dharmapuri in 2001 where it had started showing positive points on health parameters in a decade. These districts had started showing improvement in SRB.

The Chief Minister, they pointed out, had taken note of the decreasing SRB in the districts of Cuddalore, Ariyalur, Perambalur, Villupuram and Tiruvannamalai and asked the officials to pay special attention in this regard.

She had also, under the first phase, sanctioned a sum of Rs. 47.45 lakh to expand and improve the Cradle Baby Scheme here.

They also drew attention to the Chief Child Protection Scheme, which was introduced by her in 1992 under which substantial sums were earmarked for girl child education.

The Chief Minister had ordered an increase in the sum to Rs. 50,000 per girl child and Rs. 25,000 each for two girl children. The sums would be deposited in banks in the names of the children.

Value addition

She also provided a value addition to the Girl Marriage Assistance Scheme by adding 4 gram gold coin for making ‘tirumangalyam’ besides cash of Rs. 25,000.

Those girls who had completed degree or diploma would be given an additional sum of Rs. 25,000 at the time of their marriages.

“These schemes have changed the mindset of the society, which shunned girl children mainly because of dowry,” said V. L. Palaniappan, Joint Secretary, Tamil Nadu Social Welfare Board who welcomed the participants.

Those who spoke at the function included City Police Commissioner K. C. Mahali; Sugatharai, UNICEF representative; C. R. Saeraswathi, Chaiperson, Tamil Nadu Social Welfare Board; Srividya, Judicial Magistrate, Salem; Dr. P. Chandra, Joint Director of Health; and R. Anbu, District Social Welfare Officer in charge. D Dominic, Assistant Project Officer, Social Welfare Board, proposed a vote of thanks.

Earlier, Salem MP S. Semmalai and Mayor S. Soundappan flagged off an awareness rally.

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