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Surendranagar :: Educate girls, Modi tells parents Friday, December 7, 2001

RAJKOT: Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday called upon parents to ensure that girls are not neglected but educated well so that the future generations could benefit more.

Inaugurating a primary school at Nani Kathechi in Limbdi taluka of Surendranagar, Modi said if a girl child was given good education she could teach the rest of the family. As a result the generation next could be literate. It was unfortunate that even 50 years after freedom we have been lagging in education.

The Rs 40 lakh, 14- room primary school has been reconstructed by the Ramkrishna Mission, Limbdi in just five months and has been named Vivekanand Vidya Mandir.

Dedicating the school to the people of the village, Modi said it was a testimony to the people's will-power that even after seeing so much of death and destruction they in the aftermath of the quake, they could rebuild their lives.

He said the Swamis of the Ramkrishna Mission chipped in their efforts, the state government did what it could do and now it was the turn of the village elders to sow the seeds of good citizenship in their children by sending them to this school.

Referring to the Padhar community which was still living a life of backward class Modi said that it was unfortunate that people were neglected even after 50 years and till such communities are there in society it could not be termed as a healthy society.

General secretary of the Ramkrishna Mission from Belurmath in Bengal Swami Smarananandji said 50 per cent of the population was still illiterate and hence it was of utmost importance to ensure that more and more children take to studies. The Mission in Gujarat has decided to reconstruct 70 schools at a cost of Rs 16 crore. So far four schools have been completed.

News Source : The Times of India [India's best Newspaper]

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