‘Sex ratio of Dibang Valley improved after implementation of BBBP scheme’

NAHARLAGUN, Jan 30: Dibang Valley district has seen the highest improvement in sex ratio after the implementation of the Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao (BBBP) scheme, Women & Child Development Director TP Loyi has informed.
Addressing an orientation workshop on BBBP at the Administrative Training Institute here on Tuesday, Loyi said Dibang Valley is one of the 100 gender-critical districts in the state.
“Before the launch of the BBBP scheme, the child sex ratio of Dibang Valley was 889 girls per 1000 boys, which has increased to 1125 girls per 1000 boys by 31 August, 2017,” she informed.
Arunachal Pradesh State Legal Services Authority (APSLSA) member secretary, Budi Habung highlighted importance of implementing the BBBP scheme.
“While selecting plants and animals, the people of the state prefer to possess the female species, so as to multiply the species; but it is the irony in the society that in the case of having human offspring, male child is preferred over female child,” Habung said.
National Health Mission nodal officer, Dr Tana Natung spoke on child sex ratio and the PCPNDT Act, while Education Department OSD (Right to Education), J Tiwari dwelt on girl child education at the elementary level in Arunachal Pradesh.
APSLSA legal aid counsel, Nani Modi spoke on the Prohibition of Child Marriage Act, 2006, while Arunachal Law Academy Assistant Professor Nani Mamung spoke on the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012.
The workshop, which was organized by the Women & Child Development department, ended with an open discussion on various aspects regarding improvement of child sex ratio, tackling of sexual abuse of children, polygamy, and effective implementation of the RTE Act to ensure education for the girl child.
Among others, ICDS deputy directors, CDPOs, supervisors and gram sevikas, and representatives from the Arunachal Pradesh State Commission for Women, the APWWS, the Apatani Women Association, the Galo Welfare Society’s Women Wing, the Nyshi Nyem Achem, the Women Help Line, and the One Stop Centre, along with children of Oju Mission School participated in the workshop.