New Delhi, (NVI): India hopes to increase the strength of its National Cadet Corps (NCC) to 15 lakhs by 2023 from 14 lakhs at present. The NCC is a pan-India tri-services organisation comprising the Army, Navy and Air Wing that is engaged in grooming the youth of the country into disciplined and patriotic citizens.
Chairing the 51st Central Advisory Committee (CAC) meeting of the NCC, the Minister of State for Defence Shripad Naik said, “NCC is the torchbearer of the Armed Forces” and enthused confidence that strength of the NCC will touch 15 lakh mark by 2023. He also advised NCC to encourage more girls to join its cadre.
The meeting was also attended by Chief of the Army Staff General Bipin Rawat, Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Karambir Singh, Chief of the Air Staff Air Chief Marshal R K S Bhadauria, among others.
Addressing the meeting, Naik lauded the role of the National Cadet Corps (NCC) in propagating the ideals of secularism, national integration, selfless service and imbuing patriotic fervour amongst the youth of the nation.
The Minister said related MoUs between India and Kazakhstan and other friendly countries will help Indian youth from rural and semi urban areas to visit foreign countries on youth exchange programme.
On the occasion, Director General NCC Lt Gen Rajeev Chopra gave a detailed update on the NCC activities of the past two years to the members of the CAC.
The committee deliberated on various issues, to optimise the training efforts, so that NCC continues to perform its designated role of developing character, discipline and leadership qualities amongst the youth.
The CAC also reviewed the provisions, activities and initiatives to make the organisation more effective to attain its mandate.