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In a tribal village of Jharkhand, all the houses will now have names of unmarried girls and their mothers residing there.
In order to address the skewed sex ration and female literacy rate and motivate girls to get educated in the village this unique method of identifying the house by the name of girls.
According to the census, 2011 the sex ratio in this village situated in East Singhbhum district located 26 km from Jamshedpur was 786 female births to 1000 male births. The female literacy rate was only 50.6%. this village has 170 families.
Sanjay Kumar, District Public Relations Officer, said this village will be the first ever village which where the houses will be identified by the name of the girl member of the family rather than head of the family. The local Panchayat Pradhan and the villagers have agreed to support this cause.
It is already mandatory to list the senior most female household member as the head of household in order to avail of benefits under the public distribution system, under the National Food Security Act of 2013. Earlier it was mandatory to list a male as head of household. But now the tables have turned around.
Sanjay Pandey, Deputy Collector said in line with Prime Minister’s mission ‘Beti Bachao Beti Padho’ we have launched this initiative ‘my daughter my identity’ in this village as it has a very low literacy rate an sex ratio. We got this proposal duly approved by the gram sabha. Name plates have been put up in many homes and now these houses are identified by the names of the daughters and mothers.
Symbolizing light of hope and energy, the nameplates are kept in yellow while the names of the girl child and mother are kept in sky blue colour which symbolizes the blue horizon.
Pandey also said that all the 61 houses with unmarried girls will have houses named after daughter and mothers.