On the occasion of Children’s Day, 14th November, 2017, I convey my best wishes and blessings to the children of Goa.
14th November is celebrated as Children’s Day in India on the occasion of India’s of Prime Minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru’s birthday. It is also known as Bal-Din in India. It is celebrated to create awareness amongst people towards the rights, care and education of children. Children are the key to success and development of the country as they would lead their country and are future citizens of the nation.
The celebration of Children’s day teaches us several important values. It is a call to protect our little ones from all harm and to save them from the negative impact of urbanisation, industrialisation, commercialisation and materialism. Today children are thrown open to evils of drug, sex, alcohol, hard labour, abuse and violence. Thousands of little children in our country are made to slog for long hours, for little pay. Hundreds are yet to see the light of modern education. Therefore, it is a call to put an end to various forms of child abuse that are taking place in our land. Such a day reminds us of the inestimable worth of those little angels. Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru believed that children must be provided with love and care as the future of a nation lies in their hands. Children truly deserve a day that is dedicated to them. They are the valuable assets of our nation, the future of our land, and the hope of tomorrow. The day also invites us to acquire the fine qualities that characterize children such as, simplicity, purity of heart and mind, innocence, a sense of affection and attachment, etc.
Children constitute the greatest asset of a nation. A nation prospers or progresses to the extent it is able to develop the hidden potential lying untapped in her children. In a country like India, where children constitute a good percentage of the population, we need to give much more attention to their all-round development. A day like Children’s Day is a right step in this direction and invites all of us to give children their due-love, affection and opportunities for development.
As an ambassador of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, I would like to say that, a small step from the end of every Indian citizen can be a big step for fulfilling the purpose of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan campaign. On the occasion of Children’s Day, we must teach the purpose and importance of the cleanliness in our daily lives to our kids. Cleanliness should be given a priority in all the homes from the childhood so that a little one can practice it as a habit and can be benefitted all through the life. Cleanliness is like a good habit which not only benefits a person, however; it benefits the family, society and country and thus whole planet. It can be developed at any age however best time to practice it is from childhood. Once again on the occasion of Children’s Day, I extend my greetings to the children of Goa.
Governor of Goa
10th November, 2017.