Press Release

08 May 2017

UP CM Yogi Adityanath urged to increase the amount of benefits under the proposed Bhagya Laxmi Yojana, girl children had been on the low priority of the State

New Delhi: Asian Centre for Human Rights (ACHR) in its report, “Missing Girls of Uttar Pradesh: An Agenda for CM Yogi Adityanath?” urged the Chief Minister to increase the amount of benefits under the proposed Bhagya Laxmi Yojana to be launched in June 2017 to Rs three lakhs to cover post birth benefits and marriage assistance, in addition to securing the right to education. On 28 March 2017, Yogi Adityanath announced the Bhagya Laxmi Yojana under which the State Government will issue bond of Rs.50,000/- at the time of birth of the girls in the poor families to be given at various milestones including the final instalment of Rs. 32000/- at the time of admission to graduation.

Asian Centre for Human Rights stated that the proposed Bhagya Laxmi Yojana fails to address the most critical issue of retention of the girl child and payment of final installment at the time of admission in graduation can be a disabling provision as all girls born to BPL families may not be able to pursue upto graduation and be deprived of the benefits. 

The report stated that about 13,48,481 girls went missing in Uttar Pradesh during 2001 to 2011 as per 2011 census as a result of  sex selection and UP recorded the 10th lowest Child Sex Ratio (CSR) as per 2011 census. Out of total 71 districts, 57 districts registered decline in the CSR. Of these, 24 districts recorded sharp decline ranging from 20 to 42 points while 16 districts recorded moderate decline ranging from 10 to 19 points and 14 districts registered mild decline ranging from 1 to 9 points. 47 out of 71 districts recorded CSR below the national CSR of 919 girls per 1000 boys while 31 districts recorded CSR below the State average CSR of 902 girls per 1000 boys.

The record of implementation of the PC&PNDT Act had been abysmally poor as found out by the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India in its Audit Report titled, “Report No 3 of 2016 - Performance Audit on Empowerment of Women Government of Uttar Pradesh” for the year ended March 2015. The CAG highlighted non-utilization of funds sanctioned by the Government of India for implementation of the  PC&PNDT Act, ultrasound clinics operating without renewal of registration, violation of provisions of the PC&PNDT Act by ultra-sound centres, non-maintenance of records by the District Appropriate Authorities (DAA), absence of regular inspection of the ultrasonography centres by the DAA, non-documentation of inspection reports by the DAA, absence of mapping and regulation of ultrasound equipments, absence of tracking system in ultrasonography (USG) machines installed at USG centres, not imparting necessary training to medical practitioners conducting ultrasonography, missing of the seized ultrasonography machines, insignificant number of decoy or sting operations, non-imposition of penalty on the violators of the PC&PNDT Act, lack of adequate /regular monitoring and inspections by the State Supervisory Board, the State Advisory Committee and the District Advisory Committees, the failure of the bodies established under the PC&PNDT Act to hold meetings, non-implementation of recommendations of the authorities established under the PC&PNDT Act etc.

“Despite registration of f 190 cases from 2002 to September 2016, Uttar Pradesh secured only two convictions under the PC&PNDT Act as of December 2014. This shows how the girl children were in the low priority of the successive previous governments.” – stated ACHR.

ACHR called upon Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath to fully implement the recommendations of the CAG, establish the PC&PNDT Bureau of Investigation under the Department of Health and Family Welfare to assist the appropriate authorities for effective implementation of the PC&PNDT Act and launch a Mukhbir Yojana to reward those providing information on sex selection, among others.[ENDs]