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Rs. 1 cr. earmarked for Janani Suvidha Yojana which would be implemented through NGOs

Ante-natal care and free delivery services to be providedGovernment to pay the bills on behalf of the clients availing services

CHANDIGARH: Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Tuesday announced that an innovative scheme - "Janani Suvidha Yojana" - would be launched to enable women living in urban slums to avail of services like ante-natal care, free delivery services and immunisation of children from selected qualified doctors or nursing homes within their own residential areas through pre-paid vouchers.

Addressing a press conference here, the Chief Minister said Rs. 1 crore had been earmarked for the scheme which would be implemented through non-government organisations working in the State. A resident woman of the slum area would be selected as a link worker between clients and private health care provider. She would be given a performance-based honorarium.

Mr. Hooda said that the Government would pay for the vouchers on behalf of the clients availing the services. He announced that the State Government has declared 2006 as the Girl Child Year and decided to set up a separate university for women and give incentives and concessions to girls. He said that EDUSAT connectivity would be provided to all the 222 Government Girls Senior Secondary Schools in the State this year.

Electricity connections would be given to 1,500 Government Girls Primary Schools as at present, there are only a few girls' schools which have electricity connections. Also, separate toilets would be provided for girls in about 4,000 Government schools. And to enhance enrollment and retention in schools, it had been decided to institute an award of Rs. 1 lakh for those panchayats, which would achieve 100 per cent enrollment of girls in age group of 6-14 years.Mr.Hooda disclosed that the facility of health check-up would be provided to every girl child and it would include immunization coverage, treatment of anaemia, de-worming, testing of eyes and dental check-up. Health counselling sessions would also be held and recorded in health cards to be issued to all girls up to the age of 18 years. Mass publicity campaign would be launched to enhance awareness against female foeticide to check declining sex ratio.

The Government would provide reservation for girls in all ITIs and Technical Education Institutions to the tune of 25 per cent. Meanwhile, the Chief Minister released a short film "Ladla Driver" on traffic awareness. This 18 minutes film was produced by Jaspal Bhatti Productions and directed by Jasraj Bhatti.

Mr.Hooda announced that the Government would constitute a separate Traffic Police Organisation to bring more discipline in traffic regulation. Expressing his gratitude towards Mr. Jaspal Bhatti, who was also present, he said the documentary film would go a long way in creating traffic awareness especially among the under-age children.

Haryana Transport Minister Randeep Singh Surjewala said that following the traffic rules would certainly create discipline for the safety of the people. The film would be screened in the State during the traffic week. Haryana Education Minister Phool Chand Mullana, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister M.L.Tayal and senior officers were also present.