Minister for Women and Child Development Krishna Tirath and former President Dr. A P J Abdul Kalam on Thursday awarded children who have won the national slogan writing competition on the occasion of National Girl Child Day.
First prize winners were given prize of Rs. 50,000, while the second and third prize winners were given Rs. 35,000 and Rs. 25,000 each.
For the Hindi slogans, the first prize was awarded to K K Chandralekha of Bangalore and the second prize went to Swapnil Jain from Jabalpur. The third prize of Rs. 25,000 each was given away to Praveen Jabar of Chattisgarh and Saumya Sharma of Jaipur.
In the English category, Kanupriya Sharma won the first prize, while Debangee Roy of Kolkata won the second prize. The third prize was shared equally by Anmol Rathod of Jammu and Veerta Singh of Kurukshetra, Haryana.
More than 4000 students in the age group of 14-18 participated in the slogan writing competition. This was organized by the National Mission for Empowerment of Women (NMEW), under the Ministry of WCD.
Speaking at the occasion, Tirath said that while children are the future of the nation, it is a cause of national concern that the child sex ratio has been showing a declining trend. The decline in the affluent sections of the society is worrisome, she pointed out.
Declining child sex ratio and child marriages are not isolated events, the minister said. They both point to and emerge from the low respect for women in the Indian society.
Dr. Kalam said that girl child and women are social assets, and they need to be nurtured and protected for a healthy society. There are many laws in the country for women and children, but they are not enough, Dr. Kalam said. They need to be implemented in letter and spirit. He said that reserving 33 percent of seats in the Parliament will lead to empowering women.
Dr. Kalam further said that a happy home with nurturing parents and guiding teachers shape and mould the future of the child. He said that when the child is empowered by the parents he/she develops into a responsible citizen of the country; and empowering women ensured harmony within the society. Parents need to inculcate the habit of reading in the children right from a young age, Dr. Kalam stated. He also had the children present at the occasion take a vow that they will plant five trees and nurture them before they turn 17 years of age, pointing to the importance of a clean and green environment. (ANI)