The President of India, Pranab Mukherjee, presented the Rashtrapati Scout, Guide, Rover, Ranger and Adult Leader awards and certificates for the year 2015 at a function held at Rashtrapati Bhavan today (December 5, 2016).
Speaking on the occasion, the President said that the movement of Scouts and Guides is a unique platform available for the youth to learn through experience, the values of friendship, hard work, harmony and humanity.
He stated that he was happy to note that the Bharat Scouts and Guides is continuing to enjoy a prominent place in international Scouting and Guiding.
Scouts and Guides and adult leaders are participating in various international events and have brought name and fame to the organisation and the country as a whole.
The President said that it is with a sense of great satisfaction that he noted the wide spectrum of activities that the Bharat Scouts and Guides have been engaged in over the past years.
The efforts and the events have encompassed humanitarian aid during natural calamities, social campaigns to combat disease and debilitative habits, community workshops for skill-development, joint activities related to UN Millennium Development Goals / Global Goals and participation in international meets.
The President exhorted Scout and Guides to become messengers of values that seek to create a just and compassionate social order.
Each one of us must be mindful of the sensitivities of those around us, and the effect of our words and actions on them. He said that we must collectively preserve the core values of pluralism, compassionate coexistence and secularism that have served, over the years, to safeguard the fabric of our society.
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