Punjab is already experiencing a skewed sex ratio of 895 girls to every 1,000 boys and still the state has failed to properly utilize the funds allocated to it under the central government’s ‘Beti Bachao-Beti Padhao’ (BBBP) scheme for girl child. This information was revealed by the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG). In its report, CAG has mentioned that out of a total fund of Rs 6.36 crore provided by the central government during 2014-16, Punjab has utilized only Rs 0.91 crore till March 2016. CAG has also found that there was a further decline in Sex Ratio at Birth (SRB) in at least four districts in Punjab.
CAG’s report, which was presented in the Assembly today, read, “Infrequent state task force meetings adversely affected the implementation of the scheme in 11 districts while the scheme could not be started in nine districts.” It may be recalled that BBBP scheme was launched by central government to tackle the issue of declining Child Sex Ratio (CSR) in 100 gender critical districts of India. The scheme provides for 100% funding assistance from the central government.