- Honourable Chairman, Mr. Zothanmawia, State Chief Commissioner
- Mr. Thankhuma, State Secretary
- Officials of the Government of Mizoram
- My dear Scouts & Guides
- Ladies and Gentlemen
It is indeed my privilege to be amidst you, to participate in today’s award Ceremony. These awards are a mark of recognition for your outstanding achievements in Community Services. I am sure, over the years these awards have inspired many Scouts and Guides to work towards nation building. This is an organization that was nurtured by great Indian Stalwarts like Pandit Nehru, Maulana Abul Kalam Azad and others. And all of you should always take pride in being a part of this institution.
The movement of Scout and Guides is a unique platform available to the youth to learn through experience, the values of friendship, hard work, harmony and humanity. You, as young citizens of this country and as members of the Bharat Scouts & Guides are a part of a global movement. Almost every country in the world today, has presence of a Scouts & Guides organization.
I have come to know that in the year 2015, the Mizoram Bharat Scouts & Guides has organized a number of activities like Testing Camps, regional level Utsavs, cleanliness drives etc. I am also happy to know that 1 Scout & 2 Unit Leaders also visited Singapore in 2015. Since today, we live in a globally connected world. For any progressive society, the citizens must possess an international outlook, modern perspective, digital and professional skills to steer the nation forward. We need to involve and groom the youth of our country with this purpose and instill in them a spirit of brotherhood, love and compassion. We are a young nation, with more than half of our population of the age of twenty-five years or less. In order to truly harness the potential of youth, we need to inculcate in them the core civilizational values i.e. compassion for all; love for motherland; respect for women; truth and honesty in life; discipline and self-restraint in conduct, and responsibility in action. Bharat Scouts and Guides plays a big role in realizing these values and I appeal to you and through you to the youth of our beloved State to strengthened our resolve further.
I call upon you to volunteer and participate in the national programs of the government that aim to enhance the quality of life in our country. “Swachh Bharat Abhiyan” is one such programme. Let us work upholding the “dignity of labour” and make our capital and other towns cleaner. I expect that you would not only participate yourself but also to motivate others to keep our public places clean and hygienic. Start from your own house, your place of work, your school, colony where you live and you will find the difference. The “Digital India” Mission aims to provide the digital infrastructure to the remotest corner of the country and promote digital literacy. You belong to the generation of digital revolution. Starting from your family to your community, I expect you to spread the message of digital literacy. When all of us shall join together in such initiatives, our country will march rapidly forward in the path of development and progress.
At the end, I once again congratulate all the award winners for their meritorious and outstanding service. I offer the Bharat Scouts and Guides my felicitations and extend to you my good wishes for the continued success in all your endeavors.