A lot of campaigns and schemes have been introduced in the the past few years to spread awareness about the safety and importance of the girl child. The Mumbai police has now come with a “Save a girl child” campaign for its personnel.

As reported by The Asian Age, the campaign proposes that the department will contribute an amount of Rs 5,000 to all pregnant policewomen for nourishment. If they deliver a baby girl, the police department will provide an extra sum of Rs 5,000. The funds will be paid from the police welfare scheme.

Satish Mathur, director general of police (Maharashtra), proposed this idea. He considers this allowance as an encouragement for policewomen to give birth to girl children. All women personnel from the rank of constable to police inspector are eligible for this bonus as per a circular to issued by the Mumbai police recently.

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One-time bonus

According to a department source, the bonus of Rs 5,000 would be offered only on a one-time basis to policewomen. The move aims to boost the sex ratio of girls.

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Im 2012-2014, the ratio of girls at birth in Maharashtra was 896 per 1,000 boys, which later declined to 878 in 2013-15. However, 2016 saw an increased figure of 904. The government, therefore stated that in order to increase the girl child population, effective measures have to be considered. 

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Mira-Bhayandar scheme

In Mira-Bhayandar, Mumbai, all newborn girls will get fixed deposits in their name. The Maazi Kanya Sukanya scheme has earmarked Rs 25 lakh for the purpose in the upcoming fiscal year. The move is aimed at stopping female foeticide.

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Featured image source: The Indian Express

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