Srinagar, October 11(Scoop News) – As part of the celebration of the International Day of the Girl Child, a function was organized by the Department of Posts at the General Post Office Complex here today.
Mrs. Usha Vohra, First Lady, who was the Chief Guest at the function, released a Special Cover brought out by the Department of Posts on this occasion.
Speaking on the occasion, the First Lady emphasized the need for focussed attention on female education and observed that we have to make continued efforts to further advance female education so that every girl gets educated. She added that this also calls for seriously addressing the issue of drop-out rate among girls who leave their studies halfway. She said that, along side education, the girls need to be taught skills to become economically self-reliant.
Referring to the declining sex ratio, the Lady Governor while stressing the need for effective enforcement of laws to curb female foeticide, said that the civil society must enhance awareness of the people against such social evils.
Mrs. Vohra complimented John Samuel, Chief Post Master General, J&K Circle, and the Department of Posts, for celebrating the International Day of the Girl Child and hoped that this Day would go a long way towards the enlargement of women’s empowerment.
Ms. Ramona Samuel presented a memento to the Lady Governor on this occasion.
John Samuel, Chief Post Master General, J&K Circle, highlighted the aims, objects and importance of organizing the function to celebrate the International Day of the Girl Child. He thanked the First Lady for agreeing to be the Chief Guest on this occasion. He said that girls are excelling in all spheres of human endeavour and whatever is required should be done for their empowerment.
Ms. Ramona Samuel stressed the need for enlarging awareness about the need for the promotion of female education as this being the key to their progress and empowerment.
Amit Sharma, Director, Finance, and Jagdeep Gupta, Director Postal Services, J&K Circle, also addressed the function.
A brief cultural programme was presented by the school children on this occasion.
International Day for Girl Child was also observed in the office complex of Directorate of Health Services.
Director Health Services
Chief Medical Officer Jammu, Deputy Director, other dignitaries and other officials of Health department were also present on the occasion.
A seminar was organized at District Hospital Udhampur on the topic “My life My Right, End Child Marriage, Let Girls be Girls Not Brides” on Thursday.
Joint Director Planning, Rakesh Jamwal was the Chief Guest while Chief Medical Officer was the guest of honour on the occasion.
On the occasion, students drawn from ANMT and
Speaking on the occasion, Jamwal said that many preventive measures have been taken by the government to minimize this social evil of girls child marriage by a wide publicity through media and other responsible agencies but there is a greater need to highlight the basic rights of the female girl child in the society.
Dr. Amla also spoke and advocated the need to involve Social organizations, village representatives including Sarpachs and Panchs and other government field functionaries for creating mass awareness at gross route level to end the child marriage.
Medical Superintendent, District Hospital, Udhampur, Dr. Chander Parkash presented vote of thanks.Among others, District Social Welfare Officer, Yash Paul, Dy. Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Santosh Sharma, Dy. Medical Superintendent, Dr. Deepak Kumar, Medicos and Para-Medicos attended the function.