New Delhi, March 8: On International Women’s Day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the National Nutrition Mission and also honoured the district administrations of Rajasthan’s Sikar and Jhunjhunu for improving sex-ratio. Modi also felicitated the districts during on Thursday (March 8) for their efforts towards ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’ campaign. Sikar had a poor sex-ratio of 848 females over 1,000 males in 2011. The figures improved drastically after the ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao‘ campaign.Also Read - Phenomenal, Well Done: PM Narendra Modi Lauds Harleen Deol's Sensational Catch Against England
Speaking during the event in Jhunjhunu, PM Modi praised people of Jhunjhunu for their ‘never say never’ attitude. The PM, however, expressed pain over the rampant female foeticide across the country particularly in states like Rajasthan and Haryana which forced the government to step in and launch schemes such as ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’. (Also Read: International Women’s Day 2018: Indian Women Entrepreneurs Who Have Built a Thriving Business Empire) Also Read - 21 Dead in As Many Days in Rajasthan Village After Body Buried Without COVID Protocol
“Equality between men and women make any society go forward and prosper. Let us resolve that there will be the same number of girls taking birth as the number of boys. Beta beti ek samaan,” PM Modi said. Also Read - India Desires Cordial Relations With People of Pakistan: PM Modi's Message To Imran Khan
Highlights of PM Modi’s Speech:
*A daughter is not a burden. Please look around us – see how girls are bringing pride and glory for our nation. They are excelling in several fields.
* Important that girls get access to quality education, just like boys do.
* A mother-in-law can make a lot of difference. If she says she wants a daughter in the house, then no one will be able to hassle a daughter. We will have to bring in a social revolution.
* Beti bojh nahi. Beti poore parivaar ki aan, baan, shaan hai (Daughters are not burden but they are the pride of the family).
* Important to provide proper nutrition to children. Mission Indradhanush has brought an extremely positive change in the lives of women and children.