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Earns Rs 1,000 for exposing illegal sex determination tests in Odisha district


With its sex ratio still lower than the state’s sex ratio, Ganjam’s Odisha coastal district on Thursday announced a reward for those who will report illegal conduct of the district’s sex determination practices to authorities.

During a meeting on preconception and prenatal diagnostic techniques held by the district advisory committee, Ganjam district collector Vijay Amruta Kulange declared a reward of 1,000 rupees under the child development plan to individuals that provide information about the illegal practice of sex determination in the district. . The name of the complainants will be kept secret.

The meeting also decided to form special teams to investigate whether the subsidies and benefits provided by the state are reaching pregnant women in the district. Ganjam Collector directed the advisory committee to ensure that the measures taken to stop female feticide are implemented.

In 2017, the ratio of children by sex (0-6 years) in Ganjam increased to 869 women for every 1000 men compared to 790 women in 2014.

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However, the figure has improved in the district in 2017 compared to 2014, still lower than the state average of 921 women against 1000 men. The increase in the sex ratio has been attributed to state government schemes such as ‘Biju Kanya Ratna’ and ‘Mo Gelha Jhia’. This latest scheme was launched in January of last year.

Under the ‘Mo Gelha Jhia’ program, the district administration celebrates the birthday of all girls born in the district. The celebration takes place every fortnight after the dates are set by the panchayat officer. Gaon Kalyan Samiti, Asha and Anganwadi workers collect details of all female births.

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On a fixed date, the authorities together with the students visit the newborn’s home to distribute sweets and deliver a summons from the administration. The newborn girl and her parents are congratulated with a baby kit, bouquet of flowers, candy and certificate. In addition, a bank account is opened in the name of the newborn under Sukanya Samrudhi Yojana.

Hindustan Times