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 - RCB Director of Cricket Mike Hesson Returns to New Zealand After Being Stranded in India, Conveys 'Special Thanks' to PM Narendra Modi

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 ReadInternational Women’s Day 2018: Indian Women Entrepreneurs Who Have Built a Thriving Business Empire) Also Read - Quarantined Migrant Workers in Sikar Paint School Walls To Thank Villagers For Providing Food & Care

“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 - Virat Kohli, Sachin Tendulkar, Mary Kom Participate in Lights Off Challenge as Sporting Fraternity Unite in Fight Against COVID-19 Pandemic by Lighting Candles, Lamps

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.