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Educational institutions, others celebrate National Girl Child Day

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Jan 24: To spread awareness of girl education and motivation of people to provide equal opportunity to girls at home and at work place, National Girl Child Day was celebrated across Jammu region by many Government and private educational institutions, besides other organizations.
The State Women Commission (SWC) in collaboration with Department of Social Welfare (SWD) celebrated the National Day for Girl Child at RS Pura with Minister for PHE, Sham Lal Choudhary, as chief guest on the occasion. MLA Dr Gagan Bhagat, was the guest of honour while Member SWC, Dr Kavita Suri, Secretary, SWC and other official of civil administration were also present.
Speaking on the occasion, the Minister highlighted the need to weed out inequalities for the girl child and work for her betterment in the society. He said that there are several issues related to girl child including feticide, discrimination, education, nutrition and honour which require deep deliberations so that remedial measures could be worked out and thus implemented. He asked the women fraternity not to consider themselves inferior to anyone as they have the potential and brain to lead the world even. Meanwhile, the students of Central University of Jammu presented a skit highlighting the challenges in the life of a girl child.
Terming female feticide as the biggest crime, Minister for Forests, Ecology and Environment Choudhary Lal Singh, today emphasized the need for launching collective efforts against diminishing child sex ratio besides bringing about a change in the society towards girl child. The Minister was addressing an awareness programme organized by Jan Sangharsh, an NGO in collaboration with Bharatiya College of Education, Udhampur to commemorate the National Girl Child Day at Udhampur.
Emphasizing girl education, the Minister appealed the parents and teachers as well to encourage the girls for education as this is a potent tool in liberating them from the web of ignorance and social imbalances. Chairman PCB Ravi Kesar, CCF Jammu Roshan Jaggi, Director SF Ashwani Kumar Gupta, Director FPF Aasif Mehmood and DC Udhampur Niraj Kumar were present on the occasion.
Deputy Commissioner Udhampur, Niraj Kumar today inaugurated an awareness programme organized by ICDS department in collaboration with the Health Department to mark the National Girl Child Day, at Udhampur. Speaking on the occasion, the DC said that the main objective of observing the day is to bring about a positive change in the social perception about girls. Officers from ICDS and health department were also present on the occasion.
National Girl Child Day was celebrated at Government College for Women, Gandhi Nagar, Jammu. The programme was organized by Students Welfare Committee of the College. A skit was performed on the stage portraying the hapless condition of girl child. Some students shared their views and advocated that women empowerment can only help them survive.
GDC Udhampur organised a symposium and poster making competition in connection with the National Girl Child Day. The students expressed their views over the topics and explained in detail about the importance of national voters Day. In the poster making competition on the topic Save the Girl Child , the students made posters depicting various issues and measures relating to female foeticide, female education, etc.
NSS units of Government College for Women Udhampur organized a symposium in the backdrop of celebration of National Girl Child Day. Eleven students participated in the event and all of them were marvelous in their contents and presentation. Chief guest, Prof KS Koushal, in his speech emphasized upon not only saving the girl child but also helping her in rendering her social and economical predicament better.
The National Girl Child Day was celebrated at GDC Ramnagar. The programme started with a brief introduction by Dr Pankaj Sharma about the programme and its importance to be celebrated as a national day subject to the gender gap. Prinicpal, Prof Tara Nath, asked all present to come forward, show interest in such an important mission to bring gender equality by respecting the girl child and give her the space that she deserves.
An awareness programme was organized by ICDS project Bishnah to commemorate National Girl Child Day at Bishnah. Tehsildar Bishnah, Rafiq Ahmed Jaral, who was the chief guest on the occasion, while interacting with the participants, elaborated on different Government initiatives meant for women emancipation and appealed the women to take optimum benefit of these schemes. BMO Bishnah, CDPO Bishnah and ACDPO Bishnah were also present.
The day was also celebrated in Boys Higher Secondary School, Udhampur, with great enthusiasm. On this occasion, a function was organized in the school premises. Many students delivered speeches highlighting the need to save the girl child. They highlighted the role of various women leaders, scientists, sportswomen, academician at national and international level. Principal, Ved Parkash Sharma, in his speech, called for end to gender discrimination.
The National Girl Child Day was celebrated in ICDS project Samba to highlight the importance of girl child in the society. The celebration was held at all sector levels of ICDS project. In these programmes, awareness among the participants was created about the about the various girl child related schemes run by the department in samba district viz. Laadli Beti, State Marriage Assistance Scheme and Beti Bachao Beti Padhao.
Department of Social welfare and ICDS today organized a programme to celebrate National Girl Child Day in which Anganwari workers, helpers, supervisors and large number of girl students participated. District Programme officer ICDS Surat Singh highlighted the importance of celebrating the girl child day for generating awareness for empowering girls. The participants were also made aware about various schemes being implemented for the welfare of the girls by DSWO Kishore Katoch.
The students, staff and management of Impact Tutorial in collaboration with Youth Volunteer Welfare Association (NGO) Kishtwar celebrated National Girl Child Day in the premises of Impact Tutorials at near Hidyal Bus stand, Kishtwar. The students and the teachers threw light on the importance of empowering the girl child, besides reaffirming a commitment to protect the rights of every girl child.
A programme to celebrate National Girl Child Day was also organized in the premises of Government Girls Higher Secondary School, Bazar Qasaban, Jammu. Various activities related to the theme were performed by the students. A symposium and poem recitation on the theme was organized while a skit was performed giving the message of “Save Girl Child’.
In order to celebrate National Girl Child Day, Educational, Environmental, Social, Sports and Cultural Society (EESSCS) organized a program at Primary School Haloore in Doda district. The programme was presided over by Haji Abdul Rasheed Zarger (a retired lecturer), who in his speech asked the gathering to avail various schemes launched by the Government for the welfare of girl child.

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