Educating a woman is akin to educating her family, Union Minister of State for Commerce and Industry Jyotiraditya Scindia said, adding that India must celebrate its women.
Scindia was addressing a gathering on Sunday on the occasion of the launch of a campaign by a non-government organisation (NGO) called Nanhi Chhaan to protect the girl child and the environment. The audience comprised school children from Ajmer and Jaipur.
Nanhi Chhaan is working with 10 schools in Rajasthan to spread awareness about the two issues. Scindia is the organisation’s patron.
“Former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi once said that if you educate a man, you educate one person, but if you educate a woman, you educate the entire family. That is the nature of women. They are givers with no expectations,” Scindia said at the function in Mayo College Girls’ School in Ajmer.
The programme began with Sufi singer Zila Khan’s rendition. Students from different schools performed skits and put up a cultural show to underline the theme of the campaign.
Union Minister of State for Corporate and Minority Affairs (independent charge) Salman Khurshid said: “Change will happen if you are true to the oath you have taken.”
Nanhi Chhaan Chairman Harpal Singh said: “Trees and mother nature are givers. They always give and don’t seek anything in return. Nanhi Chhaan brings the women and environment together.”
The campaign was launched two years ago in Punjab and Singh said it had become a household name there. It has been started in Delhi and Rajasthan also and will be expanded to cover the entire country.
Among the guests were Rajasthan Assembly Speaker Deependra Singh Shekhawat; former Rajasthan Chief Secretary Kushal Singh; activist Rekha Purie; NIIT Chairman and Managing Director Rajendra Pawar, and Fortis Healthcare Managing Director Shivinder Mohan Singh.