Union Government launched the nationwide Bal Swachhta Mission
Union Government launched the National Bal Swachhta Mission. It also launched Udaan programme for girls, which seeks to prepare them for the IIT-JEE.
The Union Government on 14 November 2014 launched the National Bal Swachhta Mission in New Delhi. 14 November is the birthday of first Prime Minister of India, Jawaharlal Nehru and is celebrated as Children’s Day in India.
On the occasion, Union Minister of Women and Child Development Maneka Sanjay Gandhi also released a book on Bal Swachtta Mission prepared by NIPCCD. Apart from this, Union Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Smriti Irani, who launched the Bal Swachhta Mission at the National Bal Bhavan also launched Udaan programme for girls.
About Bal Swachhta Mission
The Bal Swachhta Mission is a part of the nationwide sanitation initiative of Swachh Bharat Mission that was launched by the Prime Minister on 2 October 2014. The nationwide Bal Swachhta Mission will have the following six themes:
• Clean Anganwadis
• Clean Surroundings like Playgrounds
• Clean Self (Personal Hygiene/Child Health)
• Clean Food
• Clean Drinking Water
• Clean Toilets
Apart from this, Bal Swachhta Week is being observed from 14 November to 19 November 2014.
Udaan programme for girls
The Udaan programme for girls is designed to provide a comprehensive platform to girl students to pursue higher education in engineering and assist them in preparing for the IIT-JEE while studying in Classes XI and XII. There is no financial burden as the entire programme is free for the beneficiaries.
For the purpose, 946 girl students from across the country have been selected to be part of the programme, of which 117 are from the northeastern states. Maximum of these girls come from disadvantaged backgrounds. The yearly income of the parents of 305 of them is less than 1 lakh rupees.