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Open To Imaginative™ Ideas On All Issues, Says DC Mandip Brar

Announcing one lakh rupees reward for citizens providing creditable and verifiable information about plans by others to get pre natal sex determination tests conducted within the Union territory of Chandigarh or by its residents even outside it, Deputy Commissioner Mandip Singh Brar on Monday said he was open to “imaginative” ideas or suggestions from members of the general public on all issues concerning the Union territory.

Briefing media persons after presiding over an inter departmental meeting in connection with a special weeklong campaign launched from January 20-26 under the ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’ movement, to coincide with the January 24 National Day of the Girl Child, he said the reward had been announced to further intensify the drive against pre natal sex determination tests following unverified information that isolated cases may still be happening.

Open To Imaginative™ Ideas On All Issues, Says DC Mandip Brar, Lifeinchd

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For receiving tip offs in this regard, a nodal officer had been appointed in the Health Department who can be contacted round the clock on mobile No. 8872201555.  The identity of the informer will be kept strictly confidential and if a verification team is able to establish the veracity of the information provided, the informer will receive a reward of Rs 100,000, he added.

He shared that throughout the week, various departments of the UT administration, including Social Welfare, Education, Health and Police departments as also Legal Services Authority,   in a coordinated manner will organise different activities primarily aimed at the girl child. Among the activities are poster making, essay and slogan writing, walks, rallies, nukkad nataks, gender sensitisation programmes, pledges, signature campaigns and special campaign against eve teasing at vulnerable public places.

Besides this three auxiliary nurse midwives (ANMs), who helped safe deliveries in critical cases, and other achievers identified by various departments will be honoured at the state level function to mark National Day of the Girl Child at the Tagore Theatre on January 24.

Open To Imaginative™ Ideas On All Issues, Says DC Mandip Brar, Lifeinchd

Brar emphasised that the week long programme was a way of reinforcing what was a 365 days and 24×7 successful ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’ campaign. He shared figures to show that there had been a steady improvement in the skewed sex ratio as a result of various measures taken by the government over the past two decades. As per census 2001 the female sex ratio to 1,000 males in the UT was 777, which improved to 818 as per the 2011 census. Though the 2021 census is several months away, the civil registry of births and deaths, which was an indicator of the trend, showed the current sex ratio in the Union territory at 945, he added.

In inviting public suggestions on all issues concerning the Union territory of Chandigarh, Brar was responding to an observation from a section of the Media that most government campaigns were not imaginatively designed, because of which they failed to generate the desired results at the ground level.  by APR Media House is an enjoyable digital reading startup, which keeps you abreast of the latest meaningful happenings of interest to large sections of folks in Chandigarh tricity, and expats from the region. It has been promoted by a public spirited senior journalist and media consultant with a view to encourage good quality and healthy journalism, a dire need of the times.

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