Goa to focus on sex ratioDecember 6th, 2011 - 1:11 am ICT by IANS
Panaji, Dec 5 (IANS) Balancing Goa’s sex ratio is one of the major health related focus of the Goa government as it prepares its approach document for the 12th Five Year Plan from 2012-17.
Official sources said that at a high level meeting in the state secretariat Monday headed by the chief secretary Sanjiv Srivastava, provisions for a gas based power plant to meet the growing energy needs in the fast developing state, were also being made in the document.
“On health sector efforts are being made to reduce infant mortality rate and to keep balance on sex ratio,” an official said.
According to central government statistics, Goa’s female sex ratio currently stands at 968:1,000. The Goa government has already initiated several schemes including the Dhanalaxmi scheme where the government deposits Rs.25,000 in a fix deposit in the name of every girl child born in the state. As per the scheme the money can be accessed by the girl child at the age of 18 years.
“In infrastructure development stress will be laid to build adequate power infrastructure including gas based power,” the official said, adding that the National thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) was studying a feasibility of gas base power projects in Goa.
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