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Gujarat CM appeals to safeguard the future of children by providing education at Shala Praveshotsav program in Patan

Gujarat Chief Minister Smt Anandiben Patel enrolled 100 toddlers in Anganwadis, 21 girls in Standard-1 and 90 students in Standard-9 to mark the beginning of the 2nd phase of annual Shala Praveshotsav and Kanya Kelavani drive for urban areas at Gumda Masjid Girls Primary School at Patan this morning.

On this occasion, CM Smt Patel said that exceptionally talented children are also seen in smaller towns and we must identify their hidden talent and allow them to develop their ability and skill. She stated that primary education provides strong foundation in the lives of children and gladly shared that the BJP-led state government’s focused efforts have succeeded in increasing school enrolment and bringing down school drop-out rates. Female literacy has also increased from 59% to 73% as a result of Kanya Kelavani Abhiyan, she added. She stated that by providing quality and value-based education to our children, we are not only safeguarding their future, but also adding a new strength to the future of Gujarat.

Denouncing the practice of female foeticide in her speech, CM Smt Patel said that it is unfortunate that in a country where there is a tradition of feeding even ants, people don’t hesitate to kill the girl in their mother’s womb. She went on to say thatknowing well that it is immoral and unethical, some doctors are engaged in sex determination using ultrasound technology and foetus of a girl child is aborted. She appealed to end discrimination against girl child and also described various measures and schemes launched by the state government in a bid to encourage birth and education of girls. She happily shared that today due to the hard work of the government and increased awareness in the society, the child sex ratio in Gujarat is now 904 girls against 1000 boys, which still needs to be improved. She also expressed her concern over the problem of malnutrition of women and children.

CM Smt Patel, in her speech, also highlighted achievements and public welfare initiatives of the state government including water distribution network of 1.25 lakhkms, free health screening and treatment drive with special focus on women and children, urban development, housing schemes for poor and middle class families, cleanliness, etc. She stated that our collective efforts have received immense success and the results are for all to see.

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