National Girl Child Day
Why in news: India celebrates the National Girl Child Day, an initiative of the ministry of women and child development, every year on 24 January.
- The government, in 2008 declared January 24 to be celebrated as the National Girl Child Day’ every year with the objective of raising the consciousness of the society towards the girl child so that she can be valued and respected.
- On the occasion of National Girl Child Day, Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan launched the ‘PANKH Abhiyan’ under the ‘Beti Bachao Beti Padhao’ scheme in order to aid in empowerment and growth of the girl child.
- PANKH Abhiyan today under the ‘Beti Bachao Beti Padhao’ scheme wherein ‘P’ stands for protection, ‘A’ for awareness of their rights, ‘N’ for nutrition, ‘K’ for knowledge and ‘H’ for health.
- It is celebrated to raise awareness among people about inequalities, discrimination, exploitation faced by the girls in society.
- The celebrations will also mark the anniversary of Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao (BBBP) scheme.
- Punjab has announced January 2021 to be the “month of the girl child”.The scheme Dheeiyan Di Lohri has also been launched.
Launch and expansion: Launched in January, 2015 at Panipat in Haryana. All India Expansion of BBBP covering all 640 districts (as per Census 2011) was launched at Jhunjhunu, Rajasthan on 8th March 2018.
It is a tri-ministerial effort of Ministries of Women and Child Development, Health & Family Welfare and Human Resource Development.