Scouting should be made compulsory: Kidwai

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Chandigarh, Sep 12 (UNI) Haryana Governor A R Kidwai called upon dedicated uniformed force of Scouts, Guides, Cubs and Bulbuls to help in making India world economic power by imbibing value-based principles of scouting.

Dr Kidwai, who was presiding over the 33rd Annual General Meeting of the State Council of the Haryana State Bharat Scouts and Guides at Haryana Raj Bhavan here today, opined that Scouting should be made compulsory in educational institutions for producing disciplined and responsible citizens.

He lauded members of the scouting movement for their participation in programmes like blood donation, literacy campaign, environment, cleanliness drive, tree plantation and drinking water service at railway stations and bus stands during summer season.

Congratulating on the Centenary celebrations of Bharat Scouts and Guides, the Governor remarked that the movement helped in the overall developments of personality of an individual which is useful in future progress in the career and the country.

On this occasion he also awarded 165 functionaries of the Association with the shields and awards for their outstanding performance in the movement during the year 2006-07 which also included Scouts, Guides, Cubs and Bulbuls one each from 20 districts of the state.

The Shields for overall best performance in Scouts and Guides activities were awarded to Karnal and Bhiwani districts and for over all best performance in Cub and Bulbul sections to Gurgaon and Sonipat districts.

Speaking on the occasion, State Chief Commissioner of the movement K.K. Khandelwal said the State Association registered 5.21 lakh Scouts, Guides, Bulbuls and Cubs during the year against 38 lakh at national level which is 14 per cent despite the fact that the state's share in country's population is only 2 per cent.

He said that this figure would be increased to 10 lakh by the end of this year.

He also announced that on November 7, 2007 a big rally consisting of around one lakh scouts and guides would be organized to celebrate centenary year of the organisation.

UNI

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