The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi launching the Sukanya Samridhi Account Scheme at the launch of the ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’ Programme, at Panipat, in Haryana on January 22, 2015. The Governor of Haryana, Prof. Kaptan Singh Solanki and the Union Minister for Women and Child Development, Smt. Maneka Sanjay Gandhi are also seen.

Whenever we used to hear the name of Haryana, the first thing that generally strikes our mind is the low sex ratio in the state and the existing social evil of female infanticide. However, it seems that the low sex ratio in Haryana is a thing of past and the state has made some incredible serious achievement in the field, which will make every Indian praise the people and government of Haryana. The sex ratio “at birth” of Haryana has significantly increased to 938 female children born per 1000 male children, from the earlier figure of 850 female children born per 1000 male children. Manohar Lal Khattar, Haryana Chief Minister tweeted this amazing achievement and said that the government is dedicated to achieve the sex ratio (at birth) target of 950 by the end of 2017.

The state government has achieved this incredible feat by its impeccable implementation of the central government’s “Beti bachao, beti padhao” program, which was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Panipat in 2015. Prime Minister Modi has initiated a slew of measures to discourage female foeticide and crackdown on doctors involved in sex determination. He also announced a host of schemes for encouraging girls, such as various financial benefits and scholarships to the girl children.

In another major step towards empowering women in Haryana, the ratio of women in the police department has increased from 6% earlier to 8% under the chief ministership of Manoharlal Khattar. In a tweet, Haryana CM said that the percentage of women in the Police department will reach 10% by the end of this year, which is a remarkable achievement just in a span of few years. The state has long been infamous for discrimination against women at all stages. However, since last few years, daughters of Haryana have gone on to make the country proud at various levels. Be it Sakshi Malik or the Phogat sisters, they have become inspiration for women all across the state.

This has been possible because of Manohar Lal Khattar’s dedication towards improving the lives of women in the state and empowering them. In the recent budget, Haryana government has increased the allocation of Woman and Child Development department for the year to Rs 1247 crore, which is 240 crore more than the previous year’s allocation of Rs 1007 crore. The state government has persuaded the village heads and launched an extensive campaign to spread awareness against female foeticide & infanticide, encourage people to send daughters to school and provide nutrition to poor pregnant mothers – all of which are giving great results.

These achievements in the area of women empowerment in a state which was known to be one of the worst states in the field of gender equality has quickly made huge strides. Not only is it a matter of pride and happiness for everyone, it is a message to other states that if there is determination and will power to solve an issue, it can be achieved. Kudos to Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar and the people of Haryana who are collectively fighting various social evils related to women.


Kshitij Mohan