Chauhan’s Midas touch
Posted April 10, 2011on:
Shivraj Singh Chauhan has Midas touch. Whatever he touches turns into a veritable scam.
He became chief minister in November 2005. A few months later he launched with a fanfare his pet scheme called “Ladli Laxmi Yojana”. The objective of the scheme was to help financially the girl child in her all-round development so that the birth of a girl was not looked down upon.
There had hardly been an occasion when Chauhan would not refer to the success of his scheme. The official publications repeatedly claimed that the implementation of the scheme had brought about a “positive change” in the thinking of the society towards girl child, and that the people were no more considering the birth of a girl as burden.
However, the provisional figures of Census released recently show that the sex ratio in the age group of up to 6 years (corresponding roughly with Chauhan’s regime) has declined drastically in 49 districts out of the 50. Only in Bhind district has it gone up by 3 points – from 832 to 835 (per 1000 male children).
the overall sex ratio in the 2001-2011 decade has shown an increase of 11 points in the State. The decline obviously started when Chauhan launched his “Ladli Laxmi Yojana”.
Interestingly, even Balaghat district which has recorded the highest sex ratio (1,021 females per 1000 males), has shown a decline of 7 points in the sex ratio in the 0-6 years age group — from 968 in 2001 to 961. Bhind district which shows a marginal increase of 3 points in sex ratio in the 0-6 years age group, has surprisingly the lowest number of females (838) per 1000 males in the State taken as a whole. Bhind, though, improved its overall sex ratio from 829 females per 1000 males in 2001 to 838 females in 2011.
Madhya Pradesh has 10.5 million children in the 0-6 years age group. The sex ratio in the age group 0-6 years in 2001 was 932 females for 1000 males; the number of females in 2011 in the same age group declined to 912 per thousand males.