Gangtok, September 24: On the occasion of National Service Scheme Day, NSS Cell, Department of Sports and Youth Affairs conducted an online webinar with the theme ‘YOUTH EMPOWERMENT’. The programme was graced by Hon’ble Minister for Sports and Youth Affairs Department Shri Kunga Nima Lepcha and attended by Secretary, Sports and Youth Affairs Shri Kuber Bhandari, Additional Director, Smt. Doma Tshering, State Nodal Officer, NSS Cell, Smt. Suchitra Rasaily, District NSS Nodal Officers, Programme Coordinators, Programme Officers and the NSS volunteers from Universities, Colleges and Senior Secondary Schools.
The programme began with the welcome address by State Nodal Officer wherein she laid emphasis on the importance of NSS Day, the contributions made by NSS Cell, POs, PCs and Volunteers especially during the pandemic and the importance of youths as change makers in achieving the sustainable development goals and nation building.
Thereafter, Dr Nidhi Saxena, Programme Coordinator and Shri Namgyal Sherpa Programme Officer shared their experiences regarding the activities carried out during the pandemic.
The programme also saw two volunteers namely Miss Reema Gurung, NSS volunteer of Nar Bahadur Bhandari Degree College and Miss Iksha Rai, NSS volunteer of Sikkim University shared their messages regarding the contribution of youth in various sectors in eradicating poverty, raising education standards, acquiring knowledge and skills, maintaining proper mindset, having the determination to set goals and to achieve it.
Secretary, Sports and Youth Affairs Department congratulated the NSS volunteers for working relentlessly during the pandemic and marching ahead instead of all the obstacles. In his address, he also suggested that the NSS Cell hold a webinar for NSS volunteers to disseminate the information regarding the New Education Policy 2020. He also advised the training and involvement of volunteers in disaster management, to increase the strength of volunteers from schools and colleges and provide an opportunity to them for community services, to participate in the Fit India Movement Freedom Run and upload maximum virtual runs in the website www.fitindia.gov.in to showcase the fitness of the state.
Hon’ble Minister Shri Kunga Nima Lepcha in his address highlighted the various works carried out by the NSS volunteers amidst pandemic. He also congratulated the young volunteers for their involvement in various activities even in the prevailing pandemic situation. He also stated that NSS with the aid of the Education Department will enable to add more youths as volunteers to work towards the development and upliftment of the state and the country. He urged the existing NSS members to motivate the volunteers by conducting trips to all institutions. He also highlighted the importance of agriculture and animal husbandry in increasing the GDP of the country. He congratulated the volunteers and also motivated to strive for excellence and to bring laurels for the state and country, by carrying out community service.
The programme concluded with the vote of thanks delivered by Ms Babita Chettri, State NSS Coordinator.
(Press release from Sports and Youth Affairs Department)