|Nightlife and Sex in
The Himachal Pradesh Assembly
today expressed concern on the declining child sex ratio in the past three
years, even as the government sounded optimistic to effectively check female
foeticide cases and give the girl child full protection.
The figures presented in
the House by Health Minister Rajeev Bindal rang alarm bells among the members,
who demanded multi-pronged strategies to deal with the situation.
The issue was raised by Kaul
Singh, a former Congress minister, who strongly advocated the need for
raising incentives for families, adopting two-child norms and getting family
planning operations done after one or two children. He also pleaded for
maintaining proper records of pre-natal sex determination tests, both in
government and private clinics.
Replying to the questions,
Bindal admitted that the situation has become quite alarming, especially
in Solan and Una. Though there has been some improvement in the sex ratio
in Hamirpur, Shimla, Kangra, Mandi and Bilaspur, some districts, including
Kullu, have fallen back.
He wondered how the previous
government, despite availability of huge funds, could spent only Rs 3.5
lakh out of Rs 35 lakh earmarked for creating mass awareness about female
Bindal said two FIRs have
also been lodged under PNDT Act. The Health Minister assured to involve
NGOs, panchayati raj bodies and women activists to curb sex-determination
tests in the state. He, however, parried questions on doubling incentive
money for family planning operations.
The issue of non-availability
of subsided ration at the PDS outlets in the state also figured in the
House, with Kaul Singh Thakur trying to pin down Food and Supplies Minister
Dhawala, in his reply, claimed
that shortage of ration was due to delay in finalisation of the tenders
by the HP State Civil Supplies
Corporation. The bulk suppliers,
he said, backed out from the earlier tenders after the price fluctuations
caused by the central budget.
Fresh tenders were floated
and prices for the material items were finalised. By the month-end, the
supplies will reach all depots and PDS outlets, he said.