While the country was celebrating National Girl Child Day, Rajasthan found its own way to commemorate the occasion. In a first of its kind move, three girls from Rajasthan were appointed ministers for a single day on January 24, 2016.
Conferring the Garima Balika Sanrakshan Samman upon the girls, Women and Child Development Minister Anita Bhadel gave charge of her post to Jashoda Gameti of Rajsmand, Sona Bairwa of Tonk, and Preeti Kanwar Rajawat for a day. The girls, after taking charge, approved the scheme of distributing 10,500 mobile phones to Aanganwadi workers and iPads to 282 women supervisors, according to PTI reports.
The three girls, who have raised their voices against child marriage, were applauded for their bravery. Bhadel also apprised the one-day ministers about the functioning of the ministry.
We wanted to give a message that girls are no less than boys. If they are given freedom then they can fly high. Society should provide them equal opportunity to grow. It will develop their self-confidence to prove themselves, Bhadel said.
According to reports by shafaqna, prior to this announcement, the minister had addressed a gathering at BM Birla Auditorium, trying to bring attention to the issue of the society's mentality towards the girl child. She also stressed on her government uplifting the women through various schemes.
On the occasion, Secretary for Women and Child Development Kuldeep Ranka, Director of Integrated Child Development Services Samit Sharma, and representatives from non-profit organisations were present.
National Girl Child Day is celebrated every year on January 24 as a national observance day for the girl child. This celebration was started to offer more support and new opportunities to the girls in the country. It is celebrated to increase the awareness among people about all the inequalities faced by the girl child in the society.