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'Action 2015' flagged off in Hyderabad and Warangal

By Castilino
Dr Rajaiah, the Deputy Chief Minister of Telengana State, along with 15, 15 year-old children highlighting the SDGs.
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Hyderabad, Jan. 15. In solidarity with the whole world, and specially as a bicentenary initiative, the Salesians of the Province of Hyderabad along with Dalit Bahujan Front (DBF) flagged off the awareness campaign of Action 2015 .  Aimed at conscientizing, the short programmes in Hyderabad and Warangal witnessed a group of 15 children meet Dr Rajaiah, the deputy Chief Minister of Telangana State on January 15 and present him with a memorandum in both the places.
Dr Rajaiah, speaking on the occasion, at Don Bosco Philosophate, Warangal reiterated the need for better health and educational facilities, especially for children and women, for a prosperous tomorrow. He was duly impressed by the children and pledged his support for the cause.  The group also requested the esteemed politician, as did batches of 15 children all across the country with their respective political big-wigs, starting from the Hon'ble Prime Minister, Mr Narendra Modi, to commit themselves to ensuring the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 169 targets set before ourselves for a better world get governmental support and endorsement.

The whole effort was spearheaded in Hyderabad and Warangal by Fr Thomas Pallithanam, in collaboration with the DBF and the Salesians and most importantly, the children involved in the campaign. Mr Gangarapu Amruta Rao, was of great assistance in facilitating the meeting with the Deputy Chief Minister.  Present for the programme at Don Bosco Philosophate, Warangal was also Fr Raminedi Balaraju, Provincial of the Salesian Province of Hyderabad.

After the Millennium Developmental Goals (MDGs) were formulated and propagated since 2000, much has been achieved by way of awareness and involvement. However, the recent study and survey conducted by the United Nations revealed that the expected results were far from achieved.  Drawing lessons from this, the whole motive of Action 2015 is basically to plug the gap between the formulation, propagation and implementation of the goals.  With September 2015 set as the target for spreading awareness and driving home the need for a more stronger and concrete action, the events of 15th of January in 2015, are but a mere take off.

In the year the Salesians of Don Bosco commemorate the bicentenary of the founder and dreamer of a better world for children, the Action 2015 is a golden opportunity to get all stakeholders to ensure their contribution for a better world.  It also offers a great possibility of networking with numerous other like-minded organisations and individuals keen on ensuring that children of today have a voice and a dignified future.
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