Teenage girls earn Sonia`s praise
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Last Updated: Wednesday, May 11, 2011, 21:31
  
Rae Bareli: Their faces gleaming under spotlight, teenage girls Priya and Rizwana couldn't stop smiling as they shared the stage with Sonia Gandhi who praised them for making a difference in their villages by spreading awareness on education and health through self-help groups.

Rizwana, a resident of Kajiyana village in Jagatpur block, resisted family opposition to pursue education and raised the slogan "Hum angutha nahi lagana chahte, hum padhna chahte hain (We don't want to put thumb on papers, we want to study)".

Rizwana, who is in class eighth, created awareness on literacy and now a majority of women in the village atleast know how to write their name.

Priya, another girl from Peethi village of Bahadurpur block, worked towards spreading awareness on health issues in her village and adjoining areas.

"After joining the scheme Sabla, my self-confidence has received a boost and now I can go anywhere," she said today from the dais, urging women and girls to come out of their homes and become aware of their rights.

Advising women and young girls on taking iron pills and dos and don'ts for better health, Priya also persuaded them to pursue education and fight for their self-respect.

The two girls flanked Gandhi who was seen nodding her head and smiling as Priya gave tips to the women. In her address, the Congress chief praised the girls for their courage and presented them mementos.

The local MP later visited Rail Coach factory in Lalganj and inspected three-tier coaches.

She was briefed in details about the ongoing work there after.

Gandhi earlier arrived at Amausi airport in Lucknow this morning on a two-day visit to her Lok Sabha constituency.

PTI


First Published: Wednesday, May 11, 2011, 21:31


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