Social service promotes the integration and helps in cementing bonds between the people, said Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu addressing the gathering after releasing the commemorative postage stamp on the International Association of Lions Clubs, in New Delhi on Friday. He also stressed on the need to promote sanitation and Skills development among the youth.
Complementing the International Association of Lions Clubs providing succour to the poor and needy across the world, the Vice President said that the values of humanism, charity, philanthropy, compassion for fellow human beings and all living creatures are more relevant today than at any other time.
Mr Naidu said that every individual must be alive to the needs of the society and the community he is living in and try to extend a helping hand. Nothing gives greater satisfaction and joy than extending a helping hand to those in distress, he added.
The Vice President called on organisations to supplement the efforts of the governments in eliminating poverty, illiteracy and other social evils like dowry system, gender discrimination and atrocities against women and weaker sections.
He further said that nothing gives greater satisfaction and joy than extending a helping hand to those in distress. Let us become God’s instrument and distribute fortune to the poor and needy he added, quoting the Rig Veda.
The Vice President highlighted the need to promote character education, drug awareness and service learning in a caring, safe, participatory environment to allow students to develop 21st Century life skills and complemented Lions Quest initiative of the club for doing the same.