New Delhi, Aug 15 (UNI) Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit has said her government would provide world-class training to its students and budding sportspersons to make them worthy to compete effectively in the ensuing Commonwealth Games in 2010 and win the maximum number of medals to ensure glory to Delhi.
Addressing a large gathering after unfurling the National Flag on the occasion of the 62nd Independence Day, in a State Level Function organised at Chhatrasal Stadium, the Chief Minister said there will be no dearth of funds for this purpose.
Ms Dikshit has become the first Chief Minister in Delhi to hoist the National Flag consecutively for the tenth time on the Independence Day.
She congratulated Abhinav Bindra on behalf of her government and citizens of Delhi and expressed confidence that this beginning of a golden chapter by Abhinav would inspire others to achieve similar excellence.
On the occasion, she also honoured 212 meritorious students of government schools who scored 90 per cent and above marks in their CBSE examinations. Forty-four students of Class-XII and 178 of Class-X were able to achieve this unique distinction. Those honoured by the Chief Minister included 123 girls and 89 boys. It is for the first time during the Independence Day celebration at Delhi that the award ceremony of meritorious students was organised.
Complementing the role of teachers and educational administrators in preparing the students and imparting quality education to them, the Chief Minister said,''Government schools of Delhi are today racing ahead of well-established Public Schools, as the city-government has provided innovative educational aids and an atmosphere conducive to learning.
The Education Department has taken certain initiatives, which has brought a sea change in the education scenario. We all are proud of meritorious students who are bound to become great personalities and contribute in nation building.'' In her address at the function, which was also attended by Education Minister Arvinder Singh, Industries Minister Mangat Ram Singhal, a number of MLAs, Chief Secretary Rakesh Mehta and senior officers of the Delhi Government and eminent persons across various sections of the society, the Chief Minister paid rich tributes to the freedom fighters who sacrificed their lives to achieve independence.
Hailing the Indo-US Nuclear Deal, the Chief Minister said the deal would go a long way in providing adequate Nuclear Power and ''take our nation much ahead amongst the super powers''. It would also accelerate the pace of development and progress.
The function began with the Chief Minister unfurling the National Flag and inspecting the Parade. Ms Dikshit also honoured Manoj Vats, a mountaineer from the Indian Navy, who was included in an expedition to the North and South Pole. He was presented with an amount of Rs 51,000 a memento and citation. The Chief Minister also awarded medals to four best NCC Cadets.
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