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President of India Launches ‘100 Million for 100 Million’ Campaign

New Delhi: The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee marked his 81st birthday by launching a ‘100 Million for 100 Million’ Campaign organized by the Kailash Satyarthi Children’s Foundation at Rashtrapati Bhavan.

Speaking on the occasion, the President said that he was delighted to launch the campaign led by Nobel peace prize winner, Shri Kailash Satyarthi, from Rashtrapati Bhavan, an institution which symbolises our Republic’s commitment to democracy, pluralism and secularism. The President said that despite the progress the world has made in science and technology, economic development and in other fields of human endeavour, 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 realise 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.

The President said this global effort to mobilize 100 million youth for shaping a better future of 100 million children who are less privileged is the beginning of a change which was long overdue. 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 ‘100 Million for 100 Million’ Campaign aims to mobilise 100 million youth and children for 100 million underprivileged children across the world, to end child labour, child slavery, violence against children and promote the right of every child to be safe, free, and educated, over the next 5 years. Earlier in the day, the President inaugurated twin tower apartments for staff of Rashtrapati Bhavan; Navachara-II, a hall for permanent exhibition of grassroots innovations at Rashtrapati Bhavan and a museum of vintage carpets & tapestries of Rashtrapati Bhavan.
PM greets the President, Shri Pranab Mukherjee on his birthday
The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi has greeted the President, Shri Pranab Mukherjee on his birthday and has wished for his long and healthy life. “ Birthday wishes to Rashtrapati Ji. His tremendous experience and wisdom has benefitted the nation greatly. I pray for his long and healthy life. Pranab Da always puts India's interest above everything. We are proud to have such a well read and knowledgeable President ", the Prime Minister said.

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi greeting the President, Shri Pranab Mukherjee, on his birthday, at Rashtrapati Bhavan, in New Delhi on December 11, 2016.
The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi greeting the President, Shri Pranab Mukherjee, on his birthday, at Rashtrapati Bhavan, in New Delhi on December 11, 2016.
 

About Sanjay Trivedi

Sanjay Trivedi is honorary editor of Asia Times. He is senior Indian Journalist having vast experience of 25 years. He worked in Janmabhoomi, Vyapar, Divya Bhaskar etc. newspapers and TV9 Channel as well as www.news4education.com. He is working as Media Officer in Gujarat Technological University, which has 440 colleges under its umbrella.

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