CHIEF MINISTER'S RALLY 2017 BY ASSAM STATE BHARAT SCOUTS & GUIDES
A total of 800 Scouts, Guides and trainers from 25 districts of Assam under the Bharat Scouts and Guides' state unit will participate in the first "chief minister's rally" at the Guwahati Refinery Sector II playground at Noonmati from October 8 to 12.
Officials of the Assam unit said today the annual gathering this year would be observed as "chief minister's rally" in honour of chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal who is the chief patron of the organising committee.
Education minister Himanta Biswa Sarma and sports and youth welfare minister Naba Kumar Doley are patrons. The state chief commissioner of the organisation, A.K. Absar Hazarika, is the president of the Organising committee.
Rs 30 lakh has been sanctioned by the state government for the gathering.
Fifteen Scouts, 15 Guides and two trainers - one for the Scouts and the other for the Guides - have been selected from each district to participate in the gathering which will have competitions, cultural events and exhibitions. Scouts and Guides in the age group of 10 to 17 will be participating in the event.
The officials said the participants would stay at the refinery's school, Don Bosco School and the state headquarters of the BS&G at Panbazar.
"The rally is a gathering of Scouts and Guides. We organise the rally every year. This time the event is being held as the CM's rally. The skills acquired by training will be displayed. The training also includes knowledge of local culture and there is scope for cultural exchange between the participants from different areas of the state," state training commissioner (Guides) Arunima Devi said.
Scouting or the scout movement aims to help the youths in their physical, mental and spiritual development so that they can play constructive role in society with a strong focus on survival skills.
Scouting was founded in India in 1909 as the overseas branch of the Scout Association and became a member of the World Organisation of the Scout Movement in 1938. Guiding started in 1911 and was one of the founder members of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts in 1928.
The state training commissioner (Scouts), Kumud Sharma, said: "Training is imparted to schoolchildren for their moral development and physically fitness. Knowledge of nature, drills, map reading, first aid and outdoor activities are included in the training."