Pune: Kamlakar Phand, Commissioner, Integrated Child Development Programme under Women and Child Development (WCD) Department on Tuesday said that of the various problems faced by the State related to girls the government is focused on improving sex ratio in Maharashtra.
Phand said that in Maharashtra the sex ratio is 951 females to 1,000 males, which highlights the need to improve the sex ratio. He was speaking at a press conference on ‘Mazi Kanya Bhagyashree Scheme’ at VVIP Circuit House on Tuesday afternoon. WCD Commissioner Lahuraj Mali was also present for the press conference.
The officials said that the government has different schemes to address the problems of female foeticide, declining sex ratio, health and education of girl child.
“Improving the sex ratio is on priority. Government schemes for health and education of girl child has yielded positive results and the scenario is improving and now we need to focus on improving the sex ratio.”
WCD Commissioner Mali said that while health and education of the girl child can be handled by private bodies and NGOs along with government, the issue of improving sex ratio can only be handled by the government.
The officials said that schemes like ‘Mazi Kanya Bhagyashree’, ‘Beti Bachao Beti Padhao’ and other schemes have brought a positive outlook in the society and the scenario of looking at the girl child is changing positively.