Life will take a flip for round 45 younger kids on Thursday after they march on the Vidhan Sabha Marg as a part of a Republic Day contingent, forsaking their life as beggars.
“These kids who could be taking part within the parade have come out from begging,” mentioned an official of an area NGO that performed a key function in pulling them out of their underprivileged lives.
9-year-old Mahi, a resident of the Chinhat space of Lucknow, is amongst them. She now aspires to grow to be a physician.
“I shall be giving a dance efficiency together with my didis,” she instructed PTI, referring to her seniors.
Balbir Singh, founder, and secretary of NGO Ummeed, mentioned the kids who could be taking part within the parade have come out from begging.
“We have been engaged with them for the previous eight to 12 months. Mainly, we labored to infuse a sense of self-respect and self-prestige. These kids got publicity. They have been taken to the Raj Bhavan, they usually additionally interacted with the District Justice of the Peace, Divisional Commissioner, and Municipal Commissioner of Lucknow,” he instructed PTI.
“After they went to those locations…their vanity received woke up, and even the dad and mom of those kids supported them to do away with beggary,” Singh mentioned.
Singh mentioned the Union Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Lucknow Municipal Company and Ummeed are making efforts to drag out kids from begging and combine them into society’s mainstream.
Municipal Commissioner of Lucknow Inderjeet Singh instructed PTI, “These kids who’re taking part within the parade have been earlier concerned in begging, and they will take part within the Republic Day parade for the primary time. The kids are extremely excited. It is a new idea. UP Governor Anandiben Patel herself had spoken to those kids (just lately).”
The Union Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment has formulated a national-level umbrella scheme particularly ‘SMILE — Help for Marginalized People for Livelihood and Enterprise’. It consists of two sub-schemes — ‘Complete Rehabilitation for Welfare of Transgender Individuals’ and ‘Complete Rehabilitation of individuals engaged within the act of Begging’.
This umbrella scheme would cowl a number of complete measures together with welfare measures for each transgender individuals and individuals engaged in begging.
Sixteen-year-old Aditya, who can also be a member of the contingent, mentioned he’s excited since he’s taking part within the Republic Day parade for the primary time.
Preeti (14), who aspires to affix the police, mentioned her dad and mom are feeling completely happy, as she is doing what they may by no means dream of.
The ten-year-old Kishna seemed assured holding the tricolour excessive. He may now dream. “I wish to grow to be a dancer,” he mentioned. “I draw inspiration from Prabhu Deva.” His pal Ritik additionally needs to grow to be a dancer.
(Aside from the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV workers and is printed from a syndicated feed.)
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