About 200 children, who will become voters taking part in the country’s democratic process after a few years, have called upon the political parties to include their crucial issues in the manifestos for the upcoming Rajasthan Assembly election. Their charter of demands is the outcome of a series of seven workshops organised at divisional headquarters under the ‘Dasham’ initiative.‘Cell for children’The children’s demands included construction of toilets in schools, free distribution of sanitary pads, power supply in villages, mandatory holding of ‘Baal Sabha’ in village panchayats and improvement in Anganwadi centre services. “All political parties should establish separate cells for children,” stated the charter.At the ‘Dasham’ event here earlier this week, Rajasthan Assembly Deputy Speaker Rao Rajendra Singh and State Women’s Commission chairperson Suman Sharma (BJP), Mahesh Sharma (Congress), Sanjay Madhav (CPI-M), Nisha Siddhu (CPI), T.P. Sharma (Aam Aadmi Party) and Shailendra Awasthi (Samajwadi Party) interacted with the children.The event was an initiative of Rajasthan Right to Education Forum, Girls Not Brides — Rajasthan, Jan Swasthya Abhiyan and Baal Suraksha Network. Resource Institute for Human Rights spokesperson Vijay Goyal said though the children below 18 years were not allowed to vote, they should be heard in their capacity as “future voters”.Children below 18 years comprise 41% of the State’s population. If the teenagers till the age of 19 years are included in this population, the figures touch 49.6%, requiring special steps for their development by the government. The participants said the children could not become responsible citizens without an effective intervention for their healthy growth.Parties’ assuranceWhile the political leaders assured the gathering that they would try to get children’s issues included in the manifestos of their respective parties, the children from different districts, including the hearing- and speech-impaired students of schools and colleges, raised the issues which were affecting their natural growth.‘No school or hospital’Amira Khatoon, 17, from Jodhpur, said her village had no school or hospital and the people often died before getting to hospital in case of emergency. Kundan Kunwar from Udaipur said children in the rural families, who did not know anything about career choices, were lagging behind in the competition.The young boys and girls also challenged the traditions of educational opportunities being denied to the girls and the children forced into unwanted marriages at the tender age. The demands of specially abled children pertained to an easy access to public places and the availability of interpreters. .
The Delhi and Pune IPL match at the Ferozeshah Kotla Stadium in New Delhi was washed away on account of insistent rains on Saturday. Score | PhotosBoth teams were awarded one point each and as a result Delhi finished last on the points table with nine points from 14 matches. Pune too finished with nine points, but they had a better net run rate compared to Delhi.However, there was little that the two teams could have gained from it, had it continued till the end as the qualifiers for the knock-outs had already been decided. Chennai, Bangalore, Kolkata and Mumbai have made it to the next stage while the rest would be hoping for a good show in the next season.Delhi captain James Hopes won the toss and elected to bat in the 68th IPL match of season 4.The match was reduced to that of academic interest, but Pune bowlers got on with the act of stifling the Delhi batsmen from the word go.Pune paceman James Faulkner got rid of opener David Warner with a perfect yorker in the fourth over of the innings when the Delhi total was 24. Then in the sixth over the other opener Naman Ojha departed to a Shrikant Mundhe ball on eight. Delhi were reduced to 32/2.Another yorker and another wicket! On the last ball of the 9th over Mitchell Marsh got rid of Matthew Wade with a yorker and Delhi were down to 47/3. With an average of 5/50 runs per over Delhi score was moving at a rather slow rate and by the 10th over they were 55/3.advertisementDelhi were batting on are 56/3 in 10.1 overs with Venugopal Rao and Colin Ingram at the crease when rain forced the match to be called off.Teams Pune Warriors: Manish Pandey, James Faulkner, Sourav Ganguly, Callum Ferguson, Yuvraj Singh(c), Robin Uthappa(w), Sachin Rana, Mitchell Marsh, Rahul Sharma, Alfonso Thomas, Shrikant MundheDelhi Daredevils: David Warner, Naman Ojha(w), Colin Ingram, James Hopes(c), Venugopal Rao, Matthew Wade, Yogesh Nagar, Irfan Pathan, Varun Aaron, Ashok Dinda, Umesh Yadav