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Concern over falling gender ratio

Staff Correspondent

BHOPAL: The Madhya Pradesh Minister for Women and Child Development, Kusum Mehdle, has expressed concern over the declining gender ratio and girl population in the State and said the problem was directly linked to sex determination tests.

Addressing a State-level workshop of the district units of the Women Resource Centres at the State Academy of Administration here on Saturday, she said that maximum attendance of girls should be ensured at the anganwadi centres.

On the issue of female infanticide and foeticide, Ms. Mehdle said the district units of the women's resource centres, women and child development department officials, and the anganwadi workers should carry to the people the message against foeticide and build awareness in this direction. She said that the society should also play its role in protecting the girl child. Social change was necessary and was in the larger interest of women. Ms. Mehdle said women should be respected and empowered, as "this has always been our tradition" and added that the police should also play their role when it came to the activities of the district women's resource centres.

Speaking on this occasion, the Director of Small Savings, Manohar Agnani, threw light on the problem of decreasing gender ratio in Madhya Pradesh and said that this was less in comparison with the national average.

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