Governor of Manipur Dr. Najma Heptulla on Friday said the State government should consider for gender budget allocation specifically for women in the State. She was speaking as the Chief Guest at the National Girl Child Day 2020 held at City Convention Centre, Imphal.
Addressing the gathering, Dr. Najma Heptulla highlighted that ‘Beti Bachao Beti Padhao’ is not just a slogan but to commit ourselves to save and educate the girl child so as to make a good citizen of this country. We need to counter the negative gender stereotype as it would hamper in harnessing the potential and capabilities of a girl child of the country, she added.
Maintaining that girls can do anything in today’s world, Governor said, “Let us recommit to support every girl to develop her skills, enter the workforce on equal terms and reach her full potential.” We need to equip girls with transferable and lifelong skills such as critical thinking, creativity, and digital awareness, she continued. The Governor urged the government agencies, NGOs, CSOs to join hands in addressing the problems faced by the girl child in the society.
While delivering his Presidential address, Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh maintained that there is a peaceful and cohesive environment in the last three years as the grievances and problems of the people are timely resolved. He said that we need practical and pragmatic approaches to bring positive change in the State.
Mentioning the decreasing sex ratio scenario and female foeticide in the State, Chief Minister said that there is a need for stringent legislation to prohibit such wrongdoings in the State.
He appealed to the doctors, nurses and private clinics not to encourage and stop such malpractice instantly. He informed that the legislation would have the power to cancel and terminate the licenses of doctors, clinics and diagnostic centers for unethical medical practices. The government will consult with legal experts for the introduction of such legislation soon, he added.
Stating that women are at the forefront in various fields and sectors, Chief Minister said that Manipur has topped in women ownership in MSME businesses in the country. India’s 20 percent MSME businesses are owned by women while in Manipur women own 50 percent of MSME businesses, he added.
Minister for Social Welfare Smt. Nemcha Kipgen said that the essence of celebrating National Girl Child Day is to create awareness among the people about gender inequality, discrimination, and exploitation happening in society. Minister continued that the preference for the male child over girl child in highly prevalent in society despite having various awareness and campaigns. People console when a girl child is born while there is a celebration of a male child, she added.
Minister mentioned that it is indeed disheartening for every woman that there is a rising number of female feticide in this country. She urged the people of the State to fight collectively towards eliminating gender discrimination.
Minister for Health and Family Welfare Shri L. Jayantakumar Singh, Chief Secretary Dr. J. Suresh Babu, Principal Secretary (Social Welfare) Shri V. Vumlunmang also spoke during the function.
During the function, the dignitaries felicitated 15 women achievers recognizing their contribution to society. A promotional video on ‘Beti Bachao Beti Padhao’ being produced by the Department of Social Welfare, Government of Manipur was also released.
Prior to the program, the dignitaries inspected the stalls set up by various departments.