New Delhi, Nov 18 (Bureau) Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Wednesday inaugurated the month-long nationwide Constitution Day Youth Club activities programme, via video-conferencing. The programme is being organised by the National Cadets Corps (NCC). The aim of the programme is to mobilise the youth to spread awareness about the Indian Constitution among the people across the nation, the Defence Ministry said here. In his inaugural address, the Minister exhorted the youth to understand the spirit of the Constitution and work sincerely to realise its ideals. ‘Our Constitution was shaped after years of intense discussions and deliberations. The preamble of our Constitution begins with ‘We’ and it thus, depends upon all of us how we take our country and our system forward,’ he added.
According to Mr Singh, ‘We need to make people aware of their rights as enshrined in the Constitution, but at the same time, make them aware of their duties also, as both rights and duties are linked to each other.” He said through this campaign, people should be made aware that the Constitution guides their lives through its core values of discipline, unity in diversity, freedom, equality, sovereignty and social solidarity. This is necessary to build a ‘New India,’ he added. ‘Taking inspiration from great leaders such as Mahatma Gandhi, Swami Vivekananda, Dr B R Ambedkar and Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyay, we should follow the ideals of the Constitution with resolute firmness,’ said Mr Singh. The month-long campaign will be undertaken by the youth organisations of the country, including the National Cadet Corps (NCC), National Service Scheme (NSS), Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan (NYKS), The Bharat Scouts and Guides, Hindustan Scouts and Guides Association and Red Cross from November 18 to December 13.A nationwide blood donation camp would also be organised by volunteer youth from November 22 to 24.