Addressing the All India Regional Editors Conference here, the Union Minister for Women and Child Development said the programme has delivered encouraging results, therefore 61 additional districts will be covered under the initiative.

"Beti Padhao Beti Bacho was the idea of the Prime Minister and it has delivered good results. Girls are now being born and it is a good sign. Now, the government will add 61 more districts in this programme", she said.

The programme launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Sonipat in Haryana last year, seeks to improve the declining trend of Child Sex Ratio in selected districts from the current level of 918 by preventing gender-biased sex selection and ensuring survival, protection and education of the girl child.

"It is a societal change and state governments like Madhya Pradesh, Haryana and Rajasthan are taking serious steps to improve the condition of girl children and create opportunities for them", Maneka said.

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