Jaipur, March 8. Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi gave two gifts to the nation on the occasion of International Women’s Day on Thursday. At Jhunjhunun in Rajasthan, he launched the National Nutrition Mission and expansion of the coverage of Beti Bachao Beti Padhao programme. On this occasion, the PM said that girls were not a curse but the pride of the family. He said that entire country had to join efforts to fight the ill-practice like female foeticide and save the country from malnutrition.

The PM started his address to the public gathering by congratulating the Chief Minister Smt. Vasundhara Raje on her 65th birthday. He applauded the remarkable achievements of Jhunjhunun district in saving daughters. He said that the efforts made here under the Beti Bachao Beti Padhao campaign inspired him to visit this sacred place.

Shri Modi said that the ill-minded cultural vices of the society caused in aborting the birth of girls and a social imbalance was created. Now, by giving the equal chance of taking birth and then opportunities of education to the girls, this void of several generations could be filled during next one-two generations.
The PM said that his government launched the prestigious initiative of nutrition mission by bringing the departments of Women & Child Development, Medical & Health, Drinking Water & Sanitation etc under one umbrella. He added that the target of the mission was to bring down the malnutrition rate from current 38% to 25% by the year 2022. He said that 9,000 crore rupees would be spent on the National Nutrition Mission.

During the event, the Prime Minister interacted with District Magistrates of the districts scoring high for this campaign. He also interacted with 200 beneficiary mothers and girl children who took birth after launch of the Beti Bachao Beti Padhao programme three years ago. Shri Modi also awarded certificates to the best performing districts under the programme to District Collectors of Raipur (Chattisgarh), Sikar and Jhunjhunun (Rajasthan), Bijapur (Karnataka), North Sikkim (Sikkim), Taran Taaran (Punjab), Hyderabad (Telangana), Sonepat (Haryana) Ahmedabad (Gujarat) and Udhampur (Jammu & Kashmir).

Shri Modi also felicitated the winner of photo contest of Beti Bachao Beti Padhao Shri Mukesh Gautam and designer of logo of the National Nutrition Mission Garima Jain. He also launched the album of the programme.

Speaking on the occasion, the Union Minister of Women & Child Development Smt. Maneka Gandhi said that several districts of the country witnessed improvement in the sex ratio since launch of the Beti Bachao Beti Padhao. Now, expansion of the programme across the country would further benefit this. She also praised the CM Smt. Raje for her efforts in making the campaign a success.
Rajasthan’s Minister of State for Women & Child Development Smt. Anita Bhadel, MP Smt. Santosh Ahalawat, MLA Shri Ashok Parnami, Member of NITI Ayog Shri Kumar Paul, public representatives and officers were present during this.