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President Ram Nath Kovind confers NSS award to Sweta William of DBC Maram
Source: The Sangai Express

Imphal, September 25 2020: President Ram Nath Kovind conferred the National Service Scheme (NSS) Awards for the year 2018-19 on September 24 from Rashtrapati Bhawan, New Delhi through virtual mode.

Union Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports Kiren Rijiju attended the ceremony from Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi.

The National Service Scheme (NSS) Award for the year 2018-19 is given to 42 awardees in 3 different categories like University/ +2 Council, NSS Units and their Programme Officers and NSS Volunteers.

Sweta William Parmar of Carmelite Sisters of Charity (Vedruna Sisters) was awarded with this prestigious NSS award in recognition of her exemplary and commendable social service.

Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports, Department of Youth Affairs confers every year the National Service Scheme Award to recognize and reward outstanding contributions towards voluntary community service made by the Universities/Colleges, (+2) Councils, Senior Secondary, NSS Units/Programme Officers and NSS Volunteers, with a view to further promote NSS in the country.

At present, NSS has about 40 lakh volunteers on its rolls spread over the country.

NSS is a Centrally Sector Scheme which was launched in the year 1969 with the primary objective of developing the personality and character of the student youth through voluntary community service.

The ideological orientation of the NSS is inspired by the ideals of Mahatma Gandhi.

Very appropriately, the motto of NSS is "NOT ME, BUT YOU".

True to the motto of NSS: 'Not me but you' Sweta gave her best in helping the downtrodden and needy in the adopted village of Maram community.

Supported by the Principal of the College Fr (Dr) KO Sebastian, she was able to involve her volunteers and the local community in building and reparation of public toilets and water tanks as a part of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan.

Briefly, Sweta and her NSS volunteers have worked on issues of social relevance, which keep evolving in response to the needs of the community, through regular and special camping activities.

Such issues included (i) literacy and education, (ii) health, family welfare and nutrition, (iii) environment conservation, (iv) social service programmes, (v) programmes for empowerment of women, (vi) programmes connected with economic development activities, (vii) rescue and relief during calamities, etc.

Under her able leadership her unit was awarded as the best Unit of Manipur State in 2015 and Sweta was awarded as the Best NSS Programme Officer.

In her tenure she has bagged three National Awards namely, SBSI 2018, SBSI 2019 and Best Coordinator of Red Ribbon Club.

The President congratulated all the winners and expressed being privileged that he is addressing to the service minded people.

Service is very much part of our value system of our lives and it is not easy to understand "Seva Dharma" quoting Swami Vivekanand who began his service by starting Ram Krishna Mission for Jag hitaya.

This mission is serving for the last 125 years and it is an inspirational model for each of us.

He added saying that as we remember Mahatma Gandhi on 2nd October we recollect he too believed in service.


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