Patiala, July 30: In a bid to spearhead the government's "Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao" campaign across the globe, two women pilots - Aarohi Pandit (22) and Keithair Misquitta (23) - took to the skies from the Patiala Aviation Club on Sunday.
Both the pilots will fly in a light sports aircraft (LSA) for 90 days.
Preneet Kaur, the wife of Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, flagged off the campaign in Patiala Aviation Club.
The Government announced Beti Bachao Beti Padhao programme to address the issue of the decline in CSR through a mass campaign & multi-sectoral
action plan in 100 gender critical districts across the country. Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi accorded top most priority to this issue by himself launching the
Beti Bachao Beti Padhao campaign from Panipat district in Haryana on 22nd January 2015.
Capt. Keithair Misquitta (R) and Capt. Aarohi
Capt. Keithair Misquitta (R) and Capt. Aarohi Pandit before they leave for a world tour for awareness of "Beti Padhao, Beti Bachao" campaign, by Mahi, the light sports aircraft or LSA, at the Aviation Club in Patiala on Sunday, July 29, 2018. PTI
Pilot being greeted by parents
Capt. Keithair Misquitta (right) and Capt. Aarohi Pandit being greeted by their parents before their world tour programme for awareness of "Beti Padhao, Beti Bachao" campaign, by Mahi, the light sports aircraft or LSA, at the Aviation Club in Patiala. PTI
With former Union minister Preneet Kaur
Capt. Keithair Misquitta (L) and Capt. Aarohi Pandit (Right with former Union minister Preneet Kaur before they leave for world tour for awareness of "Beti Padhao, Beti Bachao" campaign. PTI
To fly across 23 countries
According to The Tribune, the pilots aim to navigate their small aircraft over mountain ranges and forests across 23 countries spanning three continents. They will cover around 40,000 km in their 80-HP Pipistrel Sinus plane that can carry two people. It can fly for four hours at a stretch. PTI