Shillong, September 26: Meghalaya proud of its daughters, now is that state where women literacy rate sees a sharp hike. The National Family Health Survey (NFHS)-4 (2015-16), released for 16 Indian states, reveals that Meghalaya’s sex ratio has remained constant during last ten years.
The Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao scheme started by Prime Minister Narendra Modi was hailed as Meghalaya became one of the best examples for the initiative. The sex ratio of the state remained at 1005 females for 1000 males which was recorded even during the NFHS-3 (2005-2006). Urban Meghalaya has, however, has more females with 1,067 against 1000 males while in the rural areas there are 991 females per 1000 males.
In the latest survey, it has also been viewed a slash between marriage of women aged between 20-24 years who were married before they were 18. During the latest survey 16.5 percent of women were recorded as compared to 24.5 percent in 2005-2006.
Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao is a Government of India scheme that aims to generate awareness and improve the efficiency of welfare services meant for women. Scheme was introduced in October, 2014 to address the issue of declining child sex ratio (CSR). This is implemented through a national campaign and focused multi-sector action in 100 selected districts with low CSR, covering all States and UTs.