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Avoid unfair means to succeed, CM to youths

GUWAHATI, Nov. 10: Close on the heels of the arrest of 21 Assam government officials in connection with the APSC cash-for-job scam, Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Friday cautioned students and youths of the State against adopting unfair means to achieve success in life.
Speaking at the scholarship distribution ceremony to 55 candidates who have qualified the UPSC Preliminary examination in a programme at Dispur here, Sonowal exhorted:  “There is no short cut to success and you must put your best efforts to be successful in life.”  He also advised them to work with dedication and integrity.
Chief Minister Sonowal further said that the State government is committed to provide better opportunities to the youth for achieving greater success. Keeping this in mind, the scholarship amount for UPSC Prelims qualified candidates has been increased from Rs 50 thousand to Rs 1.25 lakh, he pointed out.
Expressing the hope that this scholarship hike would encourage UPSC aspirants, Sonowal informed that the coaching programme conducted by State level Advisory Committee for Students and Youth Welfare has been extended from 25 days to 5 months.
Moreover, to provide a conducive academic environment for students to prepare for all-India level competitive examinations, coaching programmes will be conducted in colleges throughout the year under the aegis of SLAC.
Stating that the number of candidates from Assam clearing the UPSC selection has been increasing gradually, the Chief Minister urged students to prepare for the grueling examination with sincerity and hard work.