New Delhi: In order to tackle the growing problem of decline in child sex ratio, the ministries of Panchayati Raj and Women and Child Development have joined hands to involve panchayats and gram sabhas in twelve districts in its efforts.
"We have chosen twelve districts across seven states, where robust Panchayati Raj institutions exist from where we will start our pilot project on arresting child sex ratio," WCD minister Krishna Tirath said here.
She said the project would focus on developing the capacity of district officials and involving sarpanches and others in attempts to spread awareness about the need to protect the girl child and correct the child sex ratio.
The chosen districts are Jind and Jhajjar in Haryana, Tarantaran in Punjab, Nagaur and Jaipur (Rajasthan), Surat and Mehsana (Gujarat), Nayaagarh (Odisha), Beed and Jalgaon (Maharashtra) and Jammu and Samba in (J&K).
Based on the experience of the pilot project, guidelines would be formed for expanding the scope of this programme.
The WCD minister said that the pilot project with the Ministry of Panchayati Raj was just one of the eleven thematic projects themes launched by the National Mission for Empowerment of Women (NMEW) in partnerships with other agencies.
As per the WCD Ministry, another project titled `Changing behaviour through communication for bringing value to girl child` had been launched in four districts of Haryana in collaboration with two organisations Breakthrough and Praxis.
A third project which aims to ensure provision of basic entitlements and services to sex workers, trans genders and other disadvantaged groups has also been launched in some districts in Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra. The NMEW had announced another project in Dindukal and Padukottai districts of Tamil Nadu and Koraput in Odisha for economic empowerment of women farmers in collaboration with MS Swaminathan Research Foundation.
A fifth project which is a research study on access to justice by women has been launched in seven districts in the North Eastern states with Law ministry as a partner.
A project at training women in eco-tourism in collaboration with UP government and another programme on domestic violence in partnership with organisation Oxfam India has also been launched, as per the WCD ministry.
According the ministry, four more projects in collaboration with different organisation have been launched by the National Mission for Empowerment of Women in select districts in the country as a part of its Thematic Convergence strategy.