New Delhi, December 12: The President of India, Pranab Mukherjee on his 81st birthday launched a “100 Million for 100 Million Campaign” organized by the Kailash Satyarthi Children’s Foundation at Rashtrapati Bhavan on Sunday. The 100 Million for 100 Million Campaign aims to mobilize 100 million youth and children for 100 million underprivileged children across the world, to end child labour, child slavery, and violence against children and promote the right of every child to be safe, free, and educated, over the next 5 years.
PM Narendra Modi too wished President Pranab Mukherjee on Twitter. He tweeted, “Birthday wishes to Rashtrapati Ji. His tremendous experience and wisdom has benefited the nation greatly. I pray for his long and healthy life”.
Reminding the society about its moral obligation towards development and security of children, President said the programmes and actions for children have to take centre-stage in national policy-making.
'The disparities in education, health and poverty indicators will have to be eliminated and pointed out education was the strongest weapon in the fight against inequality,' Mukherjee said, adding that problems of varying degree afflicts children - from bullying at school to cases of sexual harassment, child marriage and trafficking.
The President said that despite the progress the world has made in science and technology, economic development and in other fields of human endeavor, there are still over a 100 million children who are out of school". They are being denied their childhood and are facing exploitation in various ways. The world must realize without further delay that there can be no progress unless our children are safe, secure and unless they are provided the freedom and opportunity to become agents of change for the larger good of humanity. To ensure for them a bright, carefree and secure future, devoid of poverty, violence and want is our bounden duty.
It is only appropriate that this campaign begins from India, which has one of the largest populations of youth in the world. He expressed hope that the campaign, as it runs for five years, will have a path-breaking impact on the lives of children across the globe. He urged all children and young people from India and abroad to join this campaign and be the torchbearers for a vibrant, compassionate and happy world where every child is free from want, fear and exploitation.
The President said that he was delighted to launch the campaign led by Nobel peace prize winner, Kailash Satyarthi, from Rashtrapati Bhavan, an institution which symbolizes our Republics commitment to democracy, pluralism and secularism.