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Rajasthan celebrates National Girl Child Day with Daughters are Precious Campaign
In Rajasthan, the National Girl Child Day (NGCD) was celebrated on the 24th of January as a national observance day for the girl child with mega awareness campaign of Daughters are Precious (DAP) and collective singing of national anthem in 5760 institutions in which more than 11 lakh youth participated, claimed to be a record setting participation in a campaign.

Also, the health department of the government of Rajasthan is reported to have organised the DAP's prescribed oath taking ceremonies at its centres across the state under its "Beti Bachao" campaign.

The girls of my neighbourhood school organised a rally in the colony with placards and shouted slogans for protection and education of girls.

NGCD is observed every year to offer support and new opportunities to the girls in the country. "It is celebrated to increase the awareness among people about all the inequalities faced by the girl child in the society. Inequality about girl child is a vast problem which includes many areas like inequality in education, nutrition, legal rights, medical care, protection, honour, child marriage and so many," states the related website.

It may be recalled that the NGCD observance was started by the Women and Child Development Ministry in 2008 to highlight the inequalities towards the girl in society and promote the message of "Save the Girl Child".  Government departments, educational institution, social groups, NGOs are urged to work together and take part in the celebration to protect the girl child, educate her and  fight against the social stigma about girl child prevalent in some sections of the society.

However, many feel that all observances have become tokenism and easy way of spending public money to show presence and no awareness among gets created among the target groups since they are busy for their own wherewithal and survival through daily wages. They say that removal of poverty and quality education can make a dent.

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