469 gardens would be developed in the Mandi district of Himachal Pradesh for promoting girl child under ‘Balika Gaurav Udyan’ scheme with a view to improving upon the falling sex ratio in the district.


The scheme was kicked off by Additional Deputy Commissioner Ashutosh Garg and Sundernagar MLA Rakesh Jamwal on Saturday from Kangu panchayat of Mandi district in which they, along with parents, planted tree saplings.


Around 300 saplings would be planted in the first garden of the district, set up to promote girl child and in all, around 1 lakh saplings would be planted in 469 gardens across the district.


After the plantation drive, Rakesh Jamwal said the scheme would help the state government in increasing sex ratio and also in conserving the environment. He urged the panchayats and locals to participate in the ambitious scheme and said this would further empower the HP government’s ‘Ek Boota Beti Ke Nam’ scheme.