Kohima | June 9
Altogether, 117 guides and scouts from Nagaland state have been honoured with Rajya Puraskar Award at the award ceremony of the Nagaland State Bharat Scouts & Guides (NSBSG) held here at Raj Bhavan.
Rajya Puraskar Award is also known as Governor’s Award which is the highest honour at the state level given to the scouts and guides in recognition of their sincere service to the mankind through this Bharat Scouts and Guides movements worldwide.
Nagaland’s governor P.B Acharya, who is also the chief patron of NSBSG gave away award 2016 to 56 Scouts and 61 Guides.
The awardees are from the districts of Kohima, Mokokchung, Wokha, Dimapur and Kiphire.
Acharya congratulated to all the awardees for having achieved the highest honour at the state level and hoped that their contribution in uplifting the society will not go unheard and definitely be rewarded.
He also expressed happiness that 12 Guide captains and 3 scouts’ masters from state have qualified for the highest training of a scout Master & Guides Captain, the Himalaya Woodbadge in 2015.
“This shows that leaders are trained qualitatively which in turn will positively affect the Scouts & Guides at the schools,” he said.
He also expressed happiness over Nagaland State Bharat Scouts & Guides for its emphasis on training for developing leadership qualities, especially among the young and the youth on various activities such as Swachh Bharat training of adult under state, regional and national programmes, youth development programmes.
“These single subjects for development of leadership qualities at a very young age can help transform lives of individuals as well as change our society,” he said and described it as “most laudable aspect of scouts and guides.”
Governor said the guiding motto of Bharat scouts and guides, ”Duty to God, Duty to others and Duty to self,” can help establish a more dynamic society in Nagaland as “today we require leadership of the youth in Nagaland.”
He said the young leaders who are capable of looking into the future because what’s going to happen 20 to 25 years from now is much more important for our children, our sons and daughters.
In this, he encouraged the NSBSG, being a highly motivated and well-organized body of the dedicated youth and experienced leadership with its strength that is non-political, to take its activities to the remote and far flung areas of the State to bring maximum possible number of youths under its ambit.
Acharya reminded of the great saying “The service to man is Service to God’’ and it never fails and this should be the guiding principle for everyone.
Governor also thanked each and every member of the Bharat Scouts & Guides for their selfless service to the state and the country in general.
Youth Resources & Sports, Director Asangla Imti and rural development officer Thease Thongstar were inducted as a Life Member of NSBSG. The function was chaired by Khyomo Lotha, Ex-MP and state chief commissioner NSBSG while welcome address was delivered by R. Apollos, Headquarter Commissioner (Scouts), NSBSG.
The NSBSG will be celebrating its golden jubilee by 2017.