40% of Beti Bachao funds spent only on advertisement

Delhi: Congress spokesperson Sharmistha Mukherjee on Friday alleged that the Narendra Modi government has spent 40 per cent of the Rs 928 crore funds allocated for the ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’ programme on its advertisement alone.

She also targeted the Devendra Fadnavis government over the “rising” crime against women and children in Maharashtra.

“I want to reveal some shocking facts about the ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’ programme. Since, its launch in 2015, around Rs928 crore were allocated for it. However, only 19 per cent of this amount was allotted to the states and districts to implement this scheme.”

“But 40 per cent of the Rs 928 crore were spent on advertisements. Hence, this government is only a propaganda and advertisement government,” Mukherjee, who is also the chief of Delhi Mahila Congress, said.

The ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’ scheme is one of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s pet projects and was launched by him in January 2015. It aims at checking female infanticide and educating the girl child.

Mukherjee alleged that the crime against women has gone up in Maharashtra in the last five years.

When asked about her views on RSS, she said, “What we are getting to see is that a division is being created in the name of religion. I don’t agree with it as it is against our democracy and Constitution.”