Emphasizing that today's children are the citizens and nation-builders of tomorrow, Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh on Wednesday said the responsibilities towards securing their future are huge and the challenges equally daunting.
"Their health, their education and their overall development have been given priority in our policies and programmes. The restructured and strengthened programme of 'Integrated Child Development Services' that we have approved recently reiterates these objectives. We have great expectations from our children and hope and pray that they will excel in diverse fields and make the country proud," said Dr. Singh in his message on Children's Day.
The Prime Minister also praised the Ministry of Women and Child Development for its child-oriented initiatives.
"Let me extend my felicitations to all those children who are being recognized for their exceptional achievements this year. I also commend the Ministry of Women and Child Development for its child-oriented initiatives," said Dr. Singh.
"My best wishes and blessings to all the children of this country for a very happy, healthy and bright future," he added.
The nation pays tribute to the first Prime Minister of India Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru on his birth anniversary today. The day is also celebrated as Children's Day throughout the country. Pandit Nehru, the architect of modern India, had immense love for children and they used to call him Chacha Nehru. (ANI)