Modi government launched two schemes named ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’ and ‘Sukanya Samridhi Yojna’ to encourage birth and education of girls and to improve the child sex ratio which has been very low – 918 girls for 1,000 boys.
In a fuction held at Panipat, Haryana, Modi described the tendency to indulge in female foeticide as a “mental illness”. He also added that if this discrimination does not end it could cause a “terrible crisis” soon because of a lack of women in the country.
Modi chose Panipat in Haryana to launch the schemes with special intention. Haryana has the lowest child sex ratio in the country (837 girls to 1000 boys).