The first leg of ‘Girls Athletic Meet’ under the initiative ‘PAHAL- Ek kadam nari samman ki aur’ was organised by the District Administration here today to implement ‘Beti Bachao Beti Padhao’ flagship programme .
Under the initiative long jump, shot put, race (100m/200m), kabaddi and kho-kho events were organized at Blocks viz Kathua, Barnoti, Marheen, Hiranagar, Basholi and Billawar under the supervision of respective Zonal Physical Education Officers.
During the day long meet 1072 girls of 78 educational institutions participated in the competition under different disciplines.
Earlier a mass communication campaign for the event was held at panchayats and block level to educate the masses about this dedicated sports meet being organised by the district administration to enhance the girl sex ratio. Massive response of girl students from private as well as government schools was seen wherein students shown great enthusiasm to this maiden sports event for girls.
The events were organized at GMS Chack Sheikhan in Kathua block, Kartar Public School in Barnoti block, Government Middle School Banyari in Marheen block, sports stadium in Hiranagar block, Naz Sports Stadium in Billawar block and Government Higher Secondary School in block Basohli.
Besides Girls sports athletic meet at block and district level, sponsorship for poor girls for higher education/sports by corporate houses was also awarded. Beside this, award for best female performance in every field event, girl of the month, signature campaign, baby shows, female skill development are other initiatives designed to meet the target sex ratio in the district.
It is pertinent to mention here that Kathua district is among the 100 gender critical districts of the country which have recorded low Child Sex Ratio (CSR).