Shillong, October 5 : Chief Minister Conrad K. Sangma and Minister of Social Welfare Department Paul Lyngdoh and Anurag Agarwal, IPS, IG, NE Sector, CRPF flagged off the CRPF Women Bike Expedition from Shillong today. The expedition, named ‘Yashaswini’, aims to spread awareness on the value of girl child and to celebrate Nari Shakti (Women Power).

The expedition consists of 150 women bikers from the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), who will ride from three different locations in the country – Srinagar, Shillong, and Kanyakumari – for 22 days, culminating at the Statue of Unity in Gujarat. The rally will cover approximately 10,000 km, passing through 15 states and 2 Union Territories. Throughout their respective journeys, in many districts en route various events have been planned, including interactions with the target groups of “Beti Bachao Beti Padhao” (BBBP) like school children and college girls, women self-help groups, cadets of the NCC, children of CCIs, NYKS members, adolescent girls & boys, anganwadi workers etc. and felicitation of BBBP Champions.

In his address, Chief Minister Sangma lauded the efforts of the CRPF women bikers for undertaking this challenging expedition. He said that the expedition is a symbol of the strength and determination of women, and that it will inspire girls and women across the country.

Minister Lyngdoh also spoke on the occasion and highlighted the importance of empowering women. He said that the expedition is a step in the right direction towards achieving gender equality.

In addition to promoting the Force’s message of “Desh Ke Hum Hain Rakshak“, the women bikers have also incorporated the social message of “Beti Bachao Beti Padhao“, into their campaign. They would be proudly displaying the BBBP logo on their uniforms and banners, thereby endorsing the cause throughout the country.