To stem the declining child sex ratio, the Centre on Saturday announced a grant of Rs 990 crore for appointing women village co-ordinators or ‘Gram Samanvayak’ officers. Announcing the grant, Rural Development Minister, Jairam Ramesh, said one per cent of his Ministry’s budget would go towards the appointment of women co-ordinators. He was speaking at the first thematic convergence of pilots of the National Mission for Women pilot projects to address the grave issue of declining child sex ratio by working through panchayats. The pilot projects will be implemented in collaboration with the Ministry of Panchayati Raj, the Ministry of Law and Justice, Municipal Corporations of two districts in Karnataka and Jammu & Kashmir, the M. S. Swaminathan Foundation, Breakthrough, Centre for Advocacy and Research and Mahila Samakhya, a Rural Development Ministry release said. — Our Bureau

(This article was published in the Business Line print edition dated August 20, 2012)
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