New Delhi : Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit Sunday said National Social Service (NSS) and Scouts & Guides training are being made compulsory in all Delhi schools to imbibe a sense of discipline and responsiveness amongst children.
“This will go a long way in imbibing a sense of discipline and responsiveness amongst children to enable them to contribute substantially in nation building,” said Dikshit. She was speaking at the Republic Day function organised by the Delhi government at Ambedkar Stadium here.
Dikshit became the first chief minister of the national capital to unfurl the national flag consecutively for the 11th time for Republic Day celebration in Delhi.
Dikshit also inspected the parade and took salute. Contingents of Delhi Police, Delhi Fire Service, Home Guards and Civil Defence, NCC, and school children joined the march past. Live bands of the Home Guards, Delhi Police, Delhi Fire Service and various schools of Delhi also joined them.
A colourful cultural presentation based on various folk music and dances by the school children was another highlight of the event.
“It has become imperative that all Delhiites contribute to ensuring a clean, safe, educated, pollution-free and the greenest city, of which everyone could be proud. This would be possible if we contribute individually as well as collectively,” Dikshit said.
While referring to Delhi’s honour of being hailed as the greenest capital in the world at various international fora, Dikshit gave entire credit for increase in the city’s green cover to children. She complimented the school children for bringing down the level of air pollution in Delhi.
“The students were kind enough to say no to crackers during Diwali. The eco-clubs in Delhi have also been instrumental in bringing awareness about greenery and environment,” she added.
The chief minister called upon the people to collectively fight against terrorism. “The children can become a role model in safeguarding integrity and unity of the nation.”