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Pallam Raju inaugurates NCC DDGs' conference

April 27, 2011 - New Delhi

Minister of State for Defence Dr. M. M. Pallam Raju inaugurated the two-day biannual conference of the Additional Directors General and Deputy Directors General of the National Cadet Corps (NCC) here today.

"At the outset, as always, I am indeed glad to be here for the inauguration of the biannual DDGs' Conference of NCC. I have been attending such conferences in the past and I thank Lt Gen PS Bhalla, who has recently taken over the reins of the NCC, for giving me this opportunity," said Pallm Raju.

"I also wish to congratulate the State ADsG/DDsG for their hard work which was visible during the recently conducted Republic Day Camp and the PM Rally. The contribution and involvement of the young cadets in various activities merits commendation. I expect you all to continue with same zeal so that the youth power is harnessed in a productive and right manner," he added.

Pallm Raju further said the NCC has carried out and excelled in a variety of training, sports and adventure activities throughout the year.

"A number of social and community development programmes were undertaken by the NCC Cadets across the country. I am sure even more commitment and enthusiasm will be exhibited in planning and execution of similar programmes this year. In the sports front ex-NCC Cadets like Tejaswani Sawant, Lajja Goswami and Deepak Sharma have emerged as role models for others by excelling in various sports activities," said Pallm Raju.

"A number of cadets are joining the Armed Forces. This is one of our main objectives and NCC must become the main feeder to all the Service Academies. Two cadets in the last one-year have been awarded "Sword of Honour" in OTAs. This reflects on good grooming and high quality of training," he added.

Pallam Raju further said: "I appreciate various measures undertaken to further improve the NCC by reviewing the training syllabus, more emphasis to IT training, personality development and career counseling, improving the communication skills of NCC Cadets by coaching/debates and group discussions."

Asserting that the government has given sanction to enhance the cadet strength from 13 lakhs to 15 lakhs over a period of five years, Pallam Raju said : "You must meet the annual strength for enrolment and raise NCC Units in a smooth manner within the stipulated timeframe. Maximum new raisings should be in far-flung and remote areas particularly in insurgency and Maoist affected areas."

"It is encouraging to observe that a concerted effort has been made to increase the girls representation in the NCC to 30 percent. As regards increasing the number of Private Schools under NCC, endeavour should be made to come with an "out of the box' solution to reduce the long queue of waiting list," he added.


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