National Girl Child Day celebrated in North Sikkim

Mangan, 24 Jan [IPR]: The National Girl Child Day was celebrated in grand manner at the Community Hall here under the “Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao” mission. North Adhakshya Namdey Lepcha was present as the chief guest accompanied by District Collector North Karma R Bonpo, Sr SP North K Shandarpa, JD HRDD, CDPOs, Principals of various schools, Agandwadi workers and ASHA workers also attended the function.

The National Girl Child Day is celebrated to increase awareness among the people about inequalities faced by the girl child in society. The theme for this year is, “Empowering Girls for Better Tomorrow,” and under the Beti Bachao Beti Padhao scheme, many awareness drives have been launched to raise awareness about gender equality and empowerment of the girl child.

Speaking on the occasion, the North Adhakshya stated that the best way to empower a girl child was to provide quality education to her.

She urged all the school heads and the HRDD to work towards providing quality education in the district and make the education imparted at government schools at par with the public schools in the district.

She also stated that under the leadership of the Chief Minister, women have been significantly empowered and today more than 50 percent of the panchayats are women. The women of the state have marched hand in hand with their male counterparts and have excelled in various fields, she said, while urging Aganwadi workers to work dedicatedly towards providing quality services to the young and ensuring a healthy future for the children.

The District Collector informed that various awareness drives have been undertaken under the scheme to empower the girl child.

The focus of the District Task Force has been on improving the quality of education in the district, he said.

The District Collector stated that initiatives to improve libraries at all government schools have been undertaken. Grants have been released for purchase of books to all the senior secondary schools, Junior High Schools and primary schools in the district, he informed.

The District Collector said that most of the ICDS centers in the district are being upgraded and two model ICDS centers are on the verge of the completion.

These ICDS centers will be state-of-the-art centers and among the best in the country, he assured.

An awareness drive on PC&PNDT Act was provided by DRCHO North and District Child Protection Officers provided awareness on POSCO Act. A cultural programme was also presented by the Aganwadi works and a cultural troupe from Lachen.

The District Task Force BBBP provided grants of Rs 10,000 to 10 primary schools, Rs 15,000 to 10 Junior High Schools and Rs 20,000 to five Secondary Schools for their academic performance in the education of the girl child.

A Baby Box consisting of all essential items like blankets, clothes, nappies etc were also provided to newly born child children in the district by the chief guest.