FROM OUR CORRESPONDENT
Itagar, June 16: Aruchal Pradesh Governor J P Rajkhowa has underlined the importance of Scouts and Guides activities to build a generation of very disciplined, patriotic, hard working and good citizens.
Presenting the Rajya Puraskar Awards to 48 Scouts and Guides out of the 323 selected in a award presentation ceremony here on Wednesday, Rajkhowa, the Chief Patron of the Bharat Scouts and Guides Movement in the state, said that Scouts and Guides activities must be encouraged and promoted, if the state wants to build a generation of a very disciplined, patriotic, hard working and good citizens.
Impressed by the First Aid demonstrations, using Scouts and Guides scarves and ropes, the Governor also said that Scouts and Guides activities should be made compulsory in schools, including private educatiol institutions, an official report informed here today.
Recalling his Scouting Days as Boy Scout, the Governor said that the Scouts and Guides Movement has immensely contributed in addressing emergency calls during war and tural disasters. In World War I, World War II and even during Chinese aggression, the Scouts and Guides played a vital role in saving lives and educating people. It continues to have universal relevance, he pointed out.
Education Minister Wanglin Lowangdong, who is the ex-officio President of Bharat Scouts and Guides, State Association said that to develop the sense of community service, imbibe the spirit of tiolism and unity amongst the youth, Scouts and Guides activities must be encouraged.
Director, Secondary Education Bigam Ngulom Lendo, who is the State Chief Commissioner, said that presence of the Governor in the Bharat Scouts and Guides function will definitely encourage students to join the prestigious organization in days to come.
BSG State Secretary Gomo Kato also spoke on the occasion.
Scouting came in Aruchal Pradesh during NEFA period in 1948. The first Scout Troop was started in Pasighat. Today, there are 7882 scouts and 8078 guides in 777 sanctioned units in the state, the report added.