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Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao now includes skilling

  • Published
    12th Oct, 2022
Context

The Centre has expanded the scope of its flagship outreach program Beti Bachao Beti Padhao' to include skilling.

Details:

  • The government has decided to include skilling for girls in its Beti Bachao Beti Padao programme and has included the following component in the scheme:
    • Ensuring a 1% annual increment in enrolment at the secondary school level
    • To raise awareness about safe menstrual hygiene
    • To promulgate the elimination of child marriages
  • The scheme will now also focus on increasing the enrolment of girls in secondary education, particularly in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) subjects.
  • Women have been historically under-represented in areas such as technology.

Implementation:

  • A national (apex) committee will review the implementation of the Beti Bachao Beti Padhao scheme.
  • It will be headed by the Secretary, Ministry of Women and Child Development, formed under the larger Mission Shakti mandate, will be the apex committee

Component of Skilling- Non-traditional livelihoods (NTL):

  • Girls will be given skill training in non-traditional vocations.
  • This will potentially make them torchbearers of women-led Atmanirbhar Bharat.
  • It is reasoned that skilling, empowerment, and non-traditional livelihoods are the areas where women are historically under-represented.

Non-traditional livelihoods” (NTLs): It is the sectors and jobs where participation of women is and has historically been conventionally low or absent.

About Beti Bachao Beti Padao:

  • It was launched in January 2015 with the aim to address sex-selective abortion and the declining child sex ratio which was 918 girls for every 1,000 boys in 2011.
  • This is a joint initiative of the Ministry of Women and Child Development, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, and the Ministry of Human Resource Development.
  • The program is being implemented across 405 districts in the country.

Main Objectives:

  • Prevention of gender-biased sex-selective elimination.
  • Ensuring the survival & protection of the girl child.
  • Ensuring education and participation of the girl child.
  • Protecting rights of Girl children.

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