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Gujarat's female-male ratio has improved significantly from 844:1000 in 2002 to 898:1000 in 2008, as per the annual central registration survey conducted by the Registrar General of the Government of India.

Disclosing the latest available data, Health Minister Shri Jay Narayan Vyas said here today that the statistics indicates the Gujarat Chief Minister Shri Narendrabhai Modi's 'Beti Bachao' and 'Beti Vadhavo' campaign to improve the adverse gender ratio is now on way to success.

For every 1,000 males, he pointed out, the number of females (with the year within brackets) changed from 837 (2001), 844 (2002), 862 (2003), 855 (2004), 844 (2005), 865 (2006), 891 (2007) and 898 (2008). Though still awaited, he said, the ratio for 2009 is expected to go up to 905 females for every 1,000 males.

In 2010-11, he said, the Gujarat Government has undertaken a special programme to prevent female foeticide, including setting up district-level cells, compulsory registration of ultrasound machines, stricter implementation of the relevant Preconception and Prenatal Diagnostic Techniques (Prohibition of Sex Selection) Act (called P&PDT Act), and surprise checking of maternity homes and private clinics.

The Minister laid emphasis on creating awareness against ill-effects of adverse gender ratio through hoardings, wall paintings, camps for couples at children's rallies, seminars and workshops, down to the level of civic wards and villages, with the co-operation of educational institutes like IIM, judiciary, police, local government and non-government organizations at workshops, for the success of the campaign.

He said the issue has also been hotly debated at different forums by the government, ministers, legislators, officials, social activists, religious leaders and doctors.

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PM to inaugurate India's longest bridge in Assam
May 25, 2017
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Road connectivity in the North-East will see a major transformation: PM to inaugurate India’s longest bridge
Dhola-Sadia Bridge to provide efficient road connectivity to remote and backward areas which have poor road infrastructure
Dhola-Sadia Bridge to give a major boost to overall economic development in Assam and Arunachal Pradesh

Road connectivity in the North-East will see a major transformation when Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi inaugurates the country’s longest river bridge –the Dhola- Sadiya Bridge in Assam tomorrow. This new, three lane, 9.15 kilometre bridge has been built over river Lohit, a tributary of the Brahmaputra, linking Dhola in Assam to Sadiya in Arunachal Pradesh. The bridge will fill a huge connectivity gap that has existed in the region. Till now, the only means to cross the Brahmaputra at this location has been by ferry only in day-time and even this is not possible during floods. The last bridge over the Brahmaputra was the Kalia Bhomora Bridge at Tejpur. This will however change from tomorrow with the Dhola-Sadiya bridge ensuring 24X7 connectivity between upper Assam and Eastern part of Arunachal Pradesh.

The bridge will also reduce the distance from Rupai on NH- 37 in Assam to Meka/Roing on NH-52 in Arunachal Pradesh by 165 KM. The travel time between the two places will come down from the current six hours to just one hour – a total five hour reduction. This will result in saving of petrol and diesel worth Rs 10 Lakh per day.

The Dhola-Sadiya bridge promises to usher in prosperity in the North-East. It will provide efficient road connectivity to remote and backward areas which have poor road infrastructure. This bridge will also give a major boost to overall economic development of the areas north of Brahmaputra in upper Assam and Arunachal Pradesh. It will also cater to the strategic requirements of the country in the border areas of Arunachal Pradesh, besides facilitating numerous hydro power projects coming up in the state , as it is the most sought after route for various power project developers.

The total length of the Dhola-Sadiya Bridge project, including the approach roads on each side, is 28.50 km. The length of the bridge itself is 9.15 Km. It has been constructed on BOT Annuity basis at a total cost of Rs 2,056 crore, as part of the Arunachal Package of Roads and Highways under the Ministry’s SPECIAL ACCELERATED ROAD DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME for NORTH EAST (SARDP-NE). The objective was to bring the people of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh closer to each other.