On Friday, Vice President Hamid Ansari inspected the Annual NCC Republic Day Camp in Delhi and hailed the contribution of the cadets in “shaping the character and moral fibre of the youth and dynamism of the nation”.
2,068 cadets, including 696 girl cadets, drawn from the 17 directorates covering all the states and union territories are participating in the camp.
Every year, selected NCC cadets congregate in the capital for a month in the run up to Republic Day.
“The NCC, with its motto of Ekta aur Anushasan (Unity and Discipline) has been providing our young people with opportunities for self-development and avenues to fulfil their potential for growth. In so doing, NCC is playing an important role in shaping the character and moral fibre of our young people, and ultimately the effectiveness and dynamism of the nation,” said the Vice President in his address.
“Through programmes like NCC, the government is investing in today’s youth and in the country’s future. The youth of a nation determine how it shapes up a few years into the future…They are the future of the country and their actions and inactions both contribute to the state of the nation. If the youth are educated and willing to go the extra mile to effect positive change, nothing can prevent the country from greatness,” VP Ansari added.
During the course of this month the camp will be visited by the Defence Minister and the chiefs of the three services of the Indian Armed Forces. The Prime Minister’s rally will be held on January 28 where the PM’s Banner is awarded to the winning Directorate.
Like in the past, there will be two marching contingents and two band contingents taking part during the Republic Day parade this year.
112 representatives from 11 foreign countries will too be a part of the camp.
According to the Director General of the NCC, Lt Gen Vinod Vashisht, the NCC will also be conducting a countrywide campaign to raise awareness about cashless transactions on the occasion of National Youth Day on January 12.