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Children stop child marriages and more ...
YOU hardly expect a reform pertaining to children's rights and participation to emerge from a state like Rajasthan which has one of the worst records on women and children's rights. According to UNICEF data its infant mortality rate (IMR) is as high as 8
1 per 1,000 live births; its immunisation cover had actually declined by four percentage points from 21 in 1992-93 to 17 in 1998-99; 82 per cent of children under age three are anaemic with this being the second highest rate of anaemia in the country; ch
ild malnutrition levels have increased by nine percentage points between 1992-93 and 1998-99; and only 21 per cent of its girls and 50 per cent of its boys complete primary education.
Their demands are met
Promoting formal and non-formal education, setting up of libraries for children, initiating social awareness campaigns -- these are just a few of the many jobs bal panchayats have taken upon themselves.
Is this woman power?
Launched on the model of gram panchayats, bal panchayats too have a reservation for women.
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