Jhajjar: The Haryana government on Sunday announced that over 20,000 girl students would soon get free bicycles in the state.
As many as 21,763 bicycles would be distributed among the girl students throughout the state shortly under the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, Health and Education Minister Geeta Bhukkal said while presenting free bicycles to 50 students of various schools at a function on Children`s Day here.
Bicycles were given to girls who were in class VI and had to cover about two km distance to reach their institutions.
The anganwari centres in the state were also being given a new look to provide better facilities to the children, she added.
"The children coming to these centres were being provided nutritious food to keep them healthy. Free picnic bags were also being given to encourage them to come to these centres. There was also a project of providing cookers of 25 litres capacity to the anganwari centres," she said.
With Haryana being among the states which has skewed sex ratio, the minister dedicated this year`s Children`s Day to curb female foeticide and administered the oath of saving the girl child to the people present in the function.