Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the pan-India expansion of flagship programme–Beti Bachao-Beti Padhao (BBBP)–from JhunJhunu district of Rajasthan marking the International Women’s Day. Giving a fillip to the Government’s initiative to save and educate the girl child, the programme has been expanded from the present 161 districts to 640 all over the country.
Mr Modi interacted with beneficiary mothers and girl children during the programme in Jhunjhunu. Women and Child development minister Maneka Gandhi, Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje were present on the occasion.
More than 2 lakh people coming from more than 10 districts attended the programme. Prime Minister also felicitated District Collectors of 10 districts including Jhunjunu, which have shown excellent performance in implementing the Beti Bachao Beti Padhao scheme.
In another landmark initiative, the Prime Minister also launched the National Nutrition Mission (NNM) and NNM- ICDS Common Application Software. The mission strives to reduce under-nutrition and low birth weight, bring down anaemia among young children, women and adolescent girls and to reduce the prevalence of stunting among children.