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Chhattisgarh CM turns ‘personal guide’ for children from Maoist-infested region

Seventeen of these children are orphans, most of whom have left their native villages for the first time.

cities Updated: Jun 12, 2016 18:26 IST
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Chhattisgarh chief minister Raman Singh took school students on a trip to his official residence in Raipur.(Ejaz Kaiser/Hindustan Times)

Chhattisgarh chief minister Raman Singh performed the role of a “guide” on Sunday for nearly a hundred school students as he took them along on a visit to his official residence before leaving for Allahabad to attend the BJP’s two-day national executive meet.

The students, who belong to Kondagaon district in Bastar, were on a two-day study-cum-exposure tour to the state capital from. The visit turned out to be a delightful experience for the tribal students who visited science museum and planetarium, went to a shopping mall and watched a movie in multiplex. Their trip culminated with the visit to the Chief Minister’s House.

Singh turned the occasion to act as a “guide” for the children in the Chief Minister’s House where he explained the significance of environment and yoga in the life of human beings. While attentively responding to their queries, the chief minister underlined the value of education.

Chhattisgarh chief minister Raman Singh with tribal students at his official residence in Raipur. (Ejaz Kaiser/Hindustan Times)

“Among all, the most exciting experience was meeting with our chief minister who guided us on the importance of education and environment in life. He spent two hours with us”, Suchi Nag, a Class 8 student, said.

Giving an example of former president APJ Abdul Kalam, the chief minister opined that it was wrong to believe that children from small villages can’t excel in life. “I also saw the city for the first time when I came to seek admission in Ayurveda college in Raipur”, he told the the children.

When Singh inquired about their career plans, the students cited varied choices – doctor, engineer, collector, academician, among others. “Every dream can succeed provided it is well-nurtured, given shape with confidence”, the Ayurveda doctor-turned-politician told the students before they left for Bastar on Sunday.

The students from different schools are studying in 6th, 7th and 8th standard.

First Published: Jun 12, 2016 12:08 IST