‘Arunachal witnessing gradual decrease in CSR’

ITANAGAR, Oct 25: Union Women & Child Development (WCD) Ministry Director Ashok Kumar Yadav said although the overall child sex ratio (CSR) of Arunachal Pradesh is the highest in the country, “it is witnessing gradual decrease,” and called for intervention through community awareness and mobilization to check the trend.
Yadav said this during an orientation programme on the Beti Padhao Beti Padhao (BBBP) scheme, organized by the WCD department in collaboration with the union WCD ministry at the Dorjee Khandu Convention Centre here on Thursday.
Yadav gave an overview of the BBBP scheme, with special reference to Dibang Valley district, where the scheme was launched on a pilot basis and where the CSR was 889 against the national average of 918, as per the 2011 census.
Earlier, in his inaugural address, State WCD Minister Nabam Rebia said, “Arunachal Pradesh is a late beginner in the formal education sector, and gradually there has been an increase in the rate of education, including girls’ education, in the state. In general, the tribal society is a gender equitable society. Child marriage, which was practiced as a tribal custom, has now been gradually discontinued.”
Rebia also gave away the state level Poshan Awards to a deputy director, three child development project officers, a supervisor, and an anganwadi worker for their outstanding performances during the celebration of the Rashtriya Poshan Maah in September under the Poshan Abhiyan scheme.