The Prime Minister’s Medal of Appreciation is given to motivate others to contribute likewise. Mrs. Simpson Miller urged young people to regard the function as a form of encouragement to get involved 81 persons who received medals of appreciation service to the nation Story Highlights Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, is urging young people to get involved in nation building, noting that giving genuine national service helps the recipient as it does the server.Mrs. Simpson Miller made the call as she expressed appreciation to 81 persons who received medals of appreciation for service to the nation, at a colourful ceremony, held at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in Kingston, on July 31.In closing the celebration to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Independence, the Prime Minister’s Medal of Appreciation for Service to Jamaica was awarded to persons for their service to agriculture; in the field of culture (performing arts); for community service and community development; for contribution to economic and national development; in the field of education; for service in the field of finance, health, religion, community development and education, security, tourism; and for services to Jamaica and Jamaicans in the Diaspora.“The act of awarding medals is really a humble way by which the nation shows appreciation. These medals represent a nation’s heartfelt respect and appreciation to those who have served us well in their various fields over the past 50 years and I pause on behalf of a grateful nation to say thank you,” the Prime Minister said.She noted that the country could not fully pay the recipients for the extent and impact of their service. “The best we can do is to recognize them publicly and hold them up as builders of Jamaica’s progress,” she added.Mrs. Simpson Miller informed that the Prime Minister’s Medal of Appreciation is given publicly in order to motivate others to contribute likewise.“This function provides an opportunity too, to recognize and thank those who have toiled in the vineyard of nation building, but without public recognition. We consider you a part of the nation building team and important players in the projects that have delivered development in the areas of community renewal, social development, national security and other nation building platforms,” she said.Mrs. Simpson Miller urged young people to regard the function as a form of encouragement to get involved, while thanking the seniors and those already involved for their contribution to nation building.The Jamaica Military Band, the Melody Sisters of the Willodene Group of Schools, Portmore Missionary Preparatory School and Violinist, Nadje Leslie, provided entertainment for the packed room, that included the families and friends of the recipients who were on hand to cheer for their loved ones as they accepted their awards.The Prime Minister’s Medal of Appreciation is a commemorative medal which may be awarded to any person or group of persons who, in the opinion of the Prime Minister, has made significant contribution to the economic, social or political development of Jamaica or to Jamaicans residing abroad.
Kolkata: Days after news of alleged starvation deaths in West Bengal appeared in a section of the media, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday refuted the reports as “fabricated”, saying the deaths either resulted from “age-related ailments” or “excessive liquor consumption”. Last week, media reports had suggested that seven people of Sabar community, in Jungle Mahal area of Jhargram district, died due to starvation. In her address to the Assembly, Banerjee said the state government provides foodgrain to “every poor person” in the state. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life “The reports that people from Sabar community have died due to starvation is absolutely false and fabricated. No one has died in Bengal due to starvation. We provide free rice and wheat to each and every poor person in this state – from the hills in the north to Jungle Mahal in the south,” she stated. Sabar community is an ethnic tribe, mainly found in Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and West Bengal. “People have died in Jungle Mahal due to excessive consumption of liquor or age-related ailments. While two people have died of illness and old age, others have died due to liver problems caused by excessive consumption of liquor,” she asserted. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed Listing the development projects taken up for the welfare of tribal communities, the CM said the state has always been sensitive to the needs of the poor. Meanwhile, the legislators of opposition CPI(M) and the Congress staged a walkout from the assembly as their demand for a detailed discussion on alleged Sabar community deaths was rejected, following the chief minister’s unilateral statement on the issue. “The state government is afraid to hold a discussion, adhering to assembly rules, as it will unveil many secrets, giving us an opportunity to question the government. That is why the CM unilaterally gave a statement,” Leader of opposition Abdul Mannan said.