How are you going to celebrate this Republic Day?
Most of us will buy a flag replica and place it on our vehicles. Some of us will tie a tricolour pin on our overcoat. But the most patriotic ones will be sitting ideal watching the parade march on television.
But Gujarat government has some other plans for the 66th Republic day. Plans to take initiative, to inspire people, to induce an awareness. It would be an epic moment to see the flag hoisting done by a girl student. Yes! There’s no ministers or any special guest holding the rope of flag this time. The honour will be given to the most educated girl of the village.
The circular has been issued for the same and sent to the various government schools in each village in the state. DPEOs (District Primary Education Officers) are also being included to regulate the initiative in private schools. The government will also honour parents of the girl children born in 2016. The state government will be provided with Rs. 300 fund for each school to run the ceremony.
Education has always been a disputed issue in the country. Especially for a girl child, there are still some areas of the country where girls are not allowed to go school in the country. Looking upon census records of 2011, 65.46% women are educated in the country in comparison to 82.14% men. This disparity has occurred due to lack of awareness for girl education. We are still at 74.04% in overall education percentage in comparison to world level average of 85%. And the most shocking thing is that at our pace (9.2% per decade) we will reach that mark in 2060. In Gujarat, average literacy rate has increased from 69.18% to 78.04% in Census data of 2001-2011 decade. Also, the women literacy has jumped to 69.84% in comparison to 57.34% in 2001. Due to constant efforts by the government the education level has marked up more than average of the whole country.
Chief Minister of Gujarat, Mrs Anandiben Patel is an active supporter of girl education and she has launched this initiative with Cabinet Education Minister Shri Bhupendrasinh Chudasma. The collaboration of Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA) and Gujarat government is trying to achieve a target of 75% of women literacy rate till 2025. The RMSA was started in March 2009 by the central government to increase the involvement of girls in secondary schools across the country.
This step taken by Gujarat government will sure work as an inspiration for other states in the country. The event has a motto of “Beti Ko Salaam, Desh Ke Naam” and it really is a gift for female younglings of Gujarat.
We salute efforts of Gujarat Government and they indeed had found a unique and inspiring way to celebrate this Republic Day. They have shown a way toward “100% Literacy” dream to the whole country and it is sure going to help in the development of the country. As we always say “Padhega India, tabhi toh badhega India” is indeed true!