Days after the Haryana government designated Bollywood actor Parineeti Chopra as the brand ambassador for the Beti Bachao Beti Padhao campaign, Panchkula girl Ishita Uppal, who was earlier the state brand ambassador for the cause, alleged that the present government had neglected her work.
Speaking at a press conference, Uppal said, “I have been working for the cause of the girl child ever since I was 10, and have carried out various awareness campaigns with the help of NGOs. But the current government has failed to provide any support to me, both morally and financially. I approached them with a number of projects, but I have not received any response yet,” said Uppal, 18, who was made the brand ambassador for the campaign against female foeticide by the Bhupinder Singh Hooda-led Congress government in 2009.
Uppal further said that the unfair treatment meted out to her would also discourage other social workers. Her father, Captain D K Uppal, said that although Dr Yogendra Malik, campaign adviser to the CM, was in talks with Uppal for the last two months for making her the brand ambassador, they had made Chopra the face of the campaign.
“We have been trying to meet Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar for the last eight months, but we have not got any appointments. We have also tried to contact Health Minister Anil Vij, but he, too, has not responded,” alleged Captain Uppal, adding that he was not against any specific government.
Talking about how Prime Minister Narendra Modi appreciated her work and encouraged her to do such work in Gujarat also, Uppal said that she felt demotivated as her work was not being valued by the present government.
“I aspire to do a lot for the campaign in different districts of the state. But I need moral and financial support, and it is not possible without the cooperation of the government. I’m not against Chopra, but I have been working on the ground for the cause, and I feel neglected,” said Uppal.