Panchayats roped in to fight female foeticide

The Centre has decided to give an active role for the local government bodies in its fight against female foeticide.

Tribal Affairs and Panchayat Raj Minister Kishore Chandra Deo told reporters on Thursday that his ministry has initiated an action plan for curbing the inhuman practice of female foeticide through the help of gram panchayats.

Explaining the nature of the plan, he said: “From time to time, as and when issues come up before us, we will engage with the Panchayats and find out how this platform can be used to address the problem.”

He said that during the last one year, the elected representatives have been given training on two issues: Firstly, sensitivity towards the problems faced by women and children and secondly, awareness of the social programmes introduced to address these problems. 

He said that the Panchayat Raj Ministry has also started organising special Gram Sabhas across the country to address social problems. “The states have also been advised to video record the proceedings of Gram Sabhas to enhance transparency,” Deo added.

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