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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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Prime Minister Narendra Modi today addressed a massive Vikas Parv Rally in Davangere, Karnataka to mark two years of the NDA Government in office. Beginning his address, Shri Narendra Modi thanked people of Karnataka for having turned out in large numbers to attend the rally. The Prime Minister highlighted several initiatives of the NDA Government in the last two years that were transforming the lives of people across India.

PM Narendra Modi said that the NDA Government was working tirelessly for the welfare of people across the country and India was now moving rapidly on the path of progress. “Our strength has been devoted for the welfare of the people”, he added further.

Taking a dig at the previous govt he said it is better for me to do small tasks as the big tasks of the previous govt resulted in big scams. Talking about an honest and transparent government PM Modi said, “We will never let the nation go in the wrong direction.”

The Prime Minister elaborated about Government’s initiatives towards welfare of the agriculture sector and the farmer community. He spoke at length about several schemes like Krishi Sinchai Yojana, Soil Health Cards, e-NAM and e-mandis that were benefiting the farmers in a big way. PM Modi also talked about steps the Government was undertaking for welfare of sugarcane farmers across the country.

Speaking about the Government’s ambitious Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, PM Modi credited the citizens for success of the initiative and said that people from all walks of life not only were appreciating but also contributing to the campaign.

He also cited about the ‘Give It Up’ campaign that turned out to be a mass movement as over a crore people gave up their LPG subsidies voluntarily. Adding further, the PM spoke about Ujjwala Yojana that aimed to make rural India smoke-free by providing gas connections to five crore to below poverty line households free of cost in next three years.

Prime Minister Modi also cited that India was a youthful nation and Government was undertaking efforts to direct the youthful workforce for development of India. He highlighted how initiatives like Skill India were helping India’s youth focus on their skills. The PM also mentioned about the recent decision of elimination of interviews for class 3 and 4 government jobs.

Several BJP leaders were present at the event.