Sonia stresses on girls' education for progress
Lalganj (Rae Bareli), UP, Dec 5 (UNI) Describing the need for education among girls an essential aspect of progress, Congress president Sonia Gandhi today said no society could ensure its development without educating the girl child.
''Girls have equal right to education as their male counterparts and they together move the wheel of life,'' Ms Gandhi said speaking at the diamond jubilee celebration at Baiswara Inter College during her two-day visit to her parliamentary constituency.
Stating a lot had been done in the field of education, she said still there was a long path to cover. ''We have to maintain momentum as far as progresssive steps in education are concerned.'' Lamenting the high drop-out rate at the primary level schooling, the Congresss chief said this was the area which should be addressed earnestly. With regards to girl child education, she said the government alone could not do anything worthwhile and all sections of the society should be involved in this endeavour.
Reminding the gathering that the Rae Bareli constituency had also been represented by late Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, the Congress leader said this very fact gave more reasons for the girls to educate themselves to be self-reliant.
Admitting the country lacked employment opportunities at the government level, Ms Gandhi said ''We have educated youth, but government cannot provide employment to all, but other fields are wide open for them.'' Stating the centre had initiated several self employment schemes for the welfare of educated youth, she mentioned National Rural Employment Gaurantee Scheme was launched with a purpose to providing employment. ''It has been launched in 200 districts of the country and would soon be spread to 600 districts.'' ''Similarly, the government has done a lot in the field of small scale industry and khadi developemnt and lot of funds have been released towards self-employment in these sectors.'' Highlighting the progress, the country had made in the field of Information Technology (IT), Ms Gandhi said a conducive atmosphere had to be maintained for every girl child getting benefit of the growth in this field.
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