8 Dec : The Rajya Puraskar Award Ceremony of the Nagaland State Bharat Scouts & Guides was held this morning at Durbar Hall, Raj Bhavan, Kohima with Nagaland Governor, K. Sankaranarayanan as the Chief Guest.
Speaking on the occasion, the Governor called upon the scouts and guides to be role models and ensure that the cardinal principles of the Scouts and Guides movement is ingrained amongst all members of the organization. He said that the Nagaland State Bharat Scouts and Guides have completed more than 40 years of its establishment and the movement provides an excellent opportunity to the children and the youth to acquire socially relevant values and skills. It helps them to develop a positive and community oriented outlook, the Governor said and added that the youngsters must be encouraged to take advantage of such opportunities to help themselves as well as the community.
The Governor said that in Nagaland there is need to strengthen the organization in the interior districts and must work in close coordination with the Education Department and the District Administration. He said that the scouts and guides have been participating in Independence Day and Republic Day parades and one must also get involved with other community activities and get trained in First Aid and in Disaster Management. He said that participation in such programmes would bring in a sense of discipline and service amongst the youth. This will not only help the society in general but will also enhance the personality of the Scouts & Guides which will help them in the later years of their lives, the Governor added.
In the introductory speech, State Chief Commissioner, NBSG, K. Peseyie said that the Rajya Puraskar Award for Scouts & Guides is the highest award at the State level and it is awarded to those scouts and guides who have completed the prescribed course of a period of two years and nine months. He said that after the Rajya Puraskar Award one is eligible for the Rastrapati Award given by the President of India after training for one year. Altogether 62 scouts and 53 guides were selected for the Rajya Puraskar Award for the current year.
The Governor earlier gave away certificates to the 115 scouts and guides. They also presented entertainment items depicting various activities undertaken by the scouts and guides. The programme was chaired by Ex-MP, Vice President, Nagaland Bharat Scouts & Guides, Khyomo Lotha.