NCC to celebrate its 72nd Raising Day

Defence Secretary Ajay Kumar paid homage at National War Memorial on the occasion of 72nd NCC Day

New Delhi (NVI): The National Cadet Corps (NCC), the largest uniformed youth organisation in the world, will be celebrating its 72nd Raising Day tomorrow.

The Raising Day celebrations began today by paying homage to the fallen heroes, who made the supreme sacrifice of their lives for the nation, at the National War Memorial.

“Defence Secretary Ajay Kumar and DG NCC Lt Gen Rajeev Chopra laid wreaths on behalf of the entire NCC fraternity,” the Ministry of Defence said in a statement.

NCC Raising Day is celebrated all over India, with cadets participating in blood donation camps and social development programmes, it added.

After laying wreath, Ajay Kumar said, “During the current year, the NCC cadets have contributed, by participating selflessly during the COVID-19 pandemic, through Ex ‘NCC Yogdaan’ as Corona warriors to spread awareness about measures to fight against the pandemic.”

The cadets also participated wholeheartedly in Swachhta Abhiyan, Mega Pollution Pakhwada and played a pivotal role in spreading awareness about various government initiatives like Digital Literacy, ‘International Day of Yoga, Tree Plantation. and immunisation programs etc.

On August 15, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a scheme for expansion of National Cadet Corps coverage, in Border and Coastal regions of the country, the statement said.

“A total increase of one lakh additional cadet strength in all three streams of Army, Navy and Air Force is planned, focusing on the border districts, coastal taluks and taluks housing Air Force Stations,” it added.

Defence Secretary further said that, expansion of NCC in our border and coastal districts will motivate the youth from these areas to join the armed forces. The nation looks forward to NCC, to inculcate the values of fraternity, national unity and selfless service amongst our youth.

The multifaceted activities and varied curriculum of the NCC, provides unique opportunities to the youth for self-development, Kumar said, adding that, “Many cadets have done the Nation and the organisation proud by their remarkable achievements in the field of sports and adventure. The NCC continues its relentless efforts, towards moulding the present day youth into responsible citizens of the country.”

-RJV