Chief minister Vasundhara Raje inaugurated Ajmer’s toy bank through video conferencing on Thursday and donated 101 toys.
The Ajmer administration plans to collect around 20,000 old toys—10 toys for each anganwadi centre during a month-long campaign and distribute them at anganwadi centers and government schools across the district under the initiative.
The chief minister said toys were basic instruments for the development of a child’s fantasy, thoughts and creativity. “Toys are vital tools that help foster the mental, physical, emotional and social development of boys and girls,” she said, adding that a cloth bank should also be launched in the state on similar lines to make clothes accessible to the deprived people. Rajasthan is known to have extreme climatic conditions, especially with and unkind winters. A cloth bank could help people survive the chilly winter months.
Interacting with children through video conference, Raje said: “Smiles on your faces are the best reward I have received during my present tenure.” She advised children to learn at play. “You are our future assets, so learn good things and become good citizens,” she said.
The chief minister asked Ajmer collector Gaurav Goyal to make arrangements for toys in paediatric ward of the JLN Hospital and also told him to send the flowers presented by the children to Jaipur.
After the inauguration, Goyal to reporters: “Toys will not only aid in development of children, but will also inculcate in them habit of sharing…They are important extensions of a young child and would help him/her to explore and discover new things about the world around them and about themselves.”
The first toy bank in the state was set up in Nagaur. “With 28,000 toys in the bank, Nagaur has shown the road to other district collectors to start such banks in their areas to bring smiles on the faces of hundreds of deprived children,” said Raje.