Get, set and go! That’s how NCC and UNICEF jointly flagged off a motorcycle rally from the NCC directorate here.
The rally aims to encourage parents to get their children registered and the mission, to achieve 100 per cent target in child registration.
NCC Deputy Director General Brig DN Varma and UNICEF states representative Dr Nirmal Hettiaratchy motivated the children with their respective speeches before flagging off the rally.
“Let’s target the registration rate at 100 per cent,” said Dr Nirmal Hettiaratchy. He lamented that the registration rate of the new born in the State was as low as 6.4 per cent in 2001, and “we aim at reaching 35 to 40 per cent. Low rate of registration signifies that only 6.4 per cent of children bear the stamp of being Indian citizens.”
The birth certificate was essential to establish various aspects, including date, place, and the name of parents etc. Brig Varma emphasised the need for respecting girl child in a family. He epitomised women as ‘shakti’.
The rally will cover a distance of 2,500 kms spreading a message of birth registration and child education with special reference to girl child education.
Two officers, 22 girl cadets and 9 Army and civil personnel are participating in the rally lead by Lt Col SB Singh, administrative officer, 26 battalion UP NCC and his deputy Lt Reena Goswami, administrative officer, 19 Girls’ Battalion UP NCC.
The rally will pass through several districts of western UP (Lucknow, Sitapur, Shahjahanpur, Bareilly, Moradabad, Meerut, Khurja, Aligarh, Mathura, Agra, Firozabad, Fatehgarh, Kanpur, Fatehpur, Allahabad, Pratapgarh, and Rae Bareli).
The children would also perform nukkad-shows, mass contact, interpersonal communication and distribution of printed material before returning to Lucknow on November 2006 - the NCC day.
Elsewhere, around 50 boys and girl cadets took out a cycle rally covering a distance of 22 kilometres across the city. The rally was flagged off by Col KPS Khatti, Commander, NCC Group headquarters, Lucknow and was led by Captain Manmeet Kaur, ANO.