NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 23: The Bhartiya Chhatra Sansad (BCS) on Sunday conferred the prestigious ‘Adarsh Mukhya Mantri Puraskar’ (Ideal Chief Minister Award) upon Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh for his path breaking initiatives to ensure good governance and holistic development in the state.
The award was presented to Captain Amarinder Singh by former President of India, Bharat Ratna Pranab Mukherjee, here at Vigyan Bhawan during the valedictory function of 10th edition of 4-day national conclave of BCS. The BCS also acknowledged Captain Amarinder's profound vast experiences and the values he had practised, which had earned him recognition and eminence in the society.
Several dignitaries, including Union Minister of State for Sports and Youth Affairs Kiren Rijiju, former Union External Affairs Minister Kunwar Natwar Singh, Padma Vibhushan and Chairman of Auroville Foundation Dr. Karan Singh, Founder of MIT World Peace University Vishwanath D Karad and Founder of BCS Rahul V Karad, were present on the occasion.
The award citation read, “Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh have displayed outstanding conviction coupled with revolutionary ideas of clean governance to take Punjab on the path of development. You have constantly endeavoured to improve the social and economic status of the people through your people centric policies. You have flag shipped the farm loan waiver scheme and organic farming, which have brought in agriculture growth in the state. You channelized the energies of the youth of Punjab by curbing the drug menace. Quite aware of tumultuous relations between India and Pakistan, you used Track Two Diplomacy in the Kartarpur corridor incident in 2019. You are an epitome of honesty, integrity and had retained your image that of credible Chief Minister, who delivers on his promises of economic growth coupled with social welfare."
Addressing the gathering, the Chief Minister exhorted the youth of India to play a constructive role in active politics as it was their duty, as future leaders, to transform the country’s destiny. “Since we are on the way out and you are on the way in, it is your duty to serve your country with firm commitment, sincerity and honesty, upholding the cherished values of democracy,” he told the youth.
Captain Amarinder urged the students desirous of joining politics to be well-versed with the socio-economic as well as demographic conditions of their respective states. "Join politics not for glamour or power but to serve the country or your state to make it better," he urged the youth.
“Politics is not an easy profession; rather it is a 24X7 job as, being elected representatives, you have to solve the problems of people besides addressing their grievances,” said the Chief Minister.