National girl child day is celebrated every year on 24th of January as a national observance day for the girl child. This year celebrated at a special function in New Delhi in view of exemplary achievements by nation’s daughters during last year. They presented commendable performance at the Olympics and Paralympics besides historic induction of the first batch of female fighter pilots into the Indian Air Force (IAF).Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi and Minister of State Krishna Raj will be addressing the audience. The occasion shall be marked by release of National Plan of Action for Children 2016.Ten districts under the ‘Beti Bachao Beti Padhao’ scheme for their exemplary performance will also be felicitated. This celebration was started to offer more supports and new opportunities to the girls in the country. It is celebrated to increase the awareness among people about all the inequalities faced by the girl child in the society. Inequality about girl child is a vast problem which includes many areas like inequality in education, nutrition, legal rights, medical care, protection, honour, child marriage and so many.
Why National Girl Child Day is Celebrated:-
1. To increase the awareness about the necessity of the girls right in the society, various political and community leaders speech to the public about the girls right for the equal education and fundamental freedoms.
2. It is very necessary for the girls to get full potential, safe and enabling environment. They should be aware of all their legal rights and the facts of life.
3. Reproductive age group women are anemic and suffering from various other diseases just because of the gender discrimination in the society and limited access to the health services.
4. In our country, female literacy rate is still 53.87% and one third of the youngster girls are malnourished.
5. The Women and Child Development Ministry had implemented a scheme called “Dhanalaksmi” to make cash transfer to the girl child family to fulfil the basic needs such as immunization, birth registration, school enrollment and maintenance up to the Class VIII.
6. Various steps have been taken at national and state level by the Ministry of Women and Child Development to improve the girl child status through a range of schemes.