New Delhi, May 12 : Vice-President Mohamad Hamid Ansari today urged the younger generation to join the scout and guide movement.
Presenting the 'Upa-Rashtrapati Awards' to outstanding Rovers and Rangers for playing useful roles in serving the community and the scout and guide Movement at a function here today, Ansari said Mahatama Gandhi's prayer was that there should be one ranger or guide in every household.
He said that the scout and guide movement in India has to go a long way in convincing more and more young people to join it as it is a movement which is totally national and in the service of the people.
Ansari said that the scout and guide movement unifies India and the message should go out.
For the year 2006-07 Rani Chennama Ranger Team Shield and Merit Certificate were given to Karnataka and Govt. College Rajgarh Rover Crew Shield and Merit Certificate were given to Rajasthan. For the year 2005-06 Swamiji Rover Crew Shield and Merit Certificate were given to Eastern Railway and Shahid Bhagat Singh Rover Crew Shield and Merit Certificate were given to Maharashtra. For the year 2004-05 no award was presented.
Rameshwar Thakur, the President of Bharat Scout and Guide and L.M Jain, National Commissioner also address on the occasion.
Upa-Rashtrapati Award Competition Rally for the year 2004-05 to 2006-07 is being organized from 10th 13th May, 2008 in New Delhi. 40 participants from 17 Winning Units of 6 States were present at the award ceremony.
These awards were instituted in 1994 for taking up concrete community service and community development projects and Merit certificates and shields to the competition winning units are awarded on an All India level.